One of the great grapes of Bordeaux is Cabernet Franc which, with Sauvignon Blanc as a co-parent, resulted in a vineyard crossing to create Cabernet Sauvignon. Quite a claim to fame, though it is a major part of the palette of Bordeaux grape varieties. Morné Vrey the Winemaker at Delaire Graff Wine Estate makes a smasher with this grape, the Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017.
After a dry season leading up to the harvest, the resultant healthy small berried bunches made wine of great concentration of flavours, good colour and aroma.
The grapes for the Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2017 were handpicked in the cool of the morning from selected vineyards in Helshoogte and on the slopes if the Helderberg. Once in the cellar and after destalking, the grapes were allowed four hours to skin contact to colour up the wine before being gently pressed and then taken to fermentation. From here the wine is made very much the same as a Sauvignon Blanc. In order to build flavour the wine matured for a while on the primary lees before being prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap to retain freshness, the wine has the simple elegant Delaire Graff livery. In the glass, it is a cherry blossom pink – gem bright.
It smells like
Strawberries, spun sugar and crushed blackcurrant leaves.
It tastes like
From entry, to exit the wine is crisp and dry. Sappy large berries and cream on the mid palate and a juice making long and gently waning finish.
It’s good with
Perfect as a mid-morning refresher or watching the sun go down. Excellent with Ceviche, Sushi and Salmon Sashimi. The wine works well with dessert too. Click here for Delaire Graff’s Head Pastry Chef Mareli Erasmus’s recipe for her Kiwi & Lime pre-dessert.
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