Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017, excellent with Dianne Bibby’s North African Lamb Knuckle Bredie…

Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017

We forget now, three years on, that the grapes for the Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 were picked in the time of one of the worst droughts in living memory. Dry warm weather during the summer before harvest resulting in healthy grapes with excellent intensity. Longer ripening time gave more flavour to the resulting wine. Vineyards in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation provided the quality grapes for Morné Vrey and his team. The grapes were hand harvested at dawn and then carefully sorted, the grape were destemmed  which was followed by whole berry fermentation. Punch downs took place during fermentation to extract gently the fruit flavours and the soft tannins. Pressed in a traditional basket press, the wines went for 16 months into French Oak Barrels of which 50% were new, and where malolactic fermentation took place. After this maturation, a blend was made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot & 3% Malbec. The final blend was then prepared for bottling.

Morné Vrey, Delaire Graff Cellarmaster & Bethwell Sombhuza his assistant

Pour
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is simple elegant classical Delaire Graff. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the rim. The aromas segue into the palate which is rich and generous and, from entry, has a line of fruit acidity and soft tannins running through to the long aftertaste. A truly impressive glass, much enjoyed in our household. Anything between 5 and 8 years of cool cellaring will reward you later.

Dianne Bibby’s North African Lamb Knuckle Bredie

Pair
The Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2017 is a great wine, made for food. While it is a great match to the traditional Sunday Roast Lunch, a simple well prepared weekday supper would love to have it as a partner. Dianne Bibby’s North African Lamb Knuckle Bredie is such a perfect winter warmer and great with this wine. Click here for Dianne’s recipe and to have a look at her website.

Dianne Bibby, one of the country’s best known cooks, website owner, cook book author

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