For my Twixmas Wine, I offer the Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018, made from Cabernet Franc grapes picked early morning from vineyards selected by Morné Vrey, Delaire Graff’s award-winning winemaker and his team. The vineyards are planted in Helshoogte and the Helderberg Mountain, both in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. This is a rosé of seriousness, and really perfect for drinking any time of the year, even in the ‘deep midwinter’ as the Christmas Carol has so recently reminded us. The vintage of 2018 came at the end of the worst drought in living memory. Though dry, there was a cooler ripening period with smaller crops, yet a concentration of flavours and colour which resulted in quality wines.
The grapes for the Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018 are dawn picked when the vineyard temperatures are low. Once in the cellar Morné and his team destalk the grapes and they are gently pressed and fermented. The wine is made in the same way as their Sauvignon Blanc in order to retain as much of the fruity freshness as possible. A time is spent on primary lees which builds flavour and mid palate weight. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a clear glass Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The labeling is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a beguiling shell pink, gem bright. The aromas are of fraises des bois, blackcurrants and spun sugar, these are repeated on the palate with ample red berries. Creamy in the centre leading to a long and gently waning aftertaste, sappy dry and crisp.
This is an ‘any time’ wine, mid-morning as a refresher, with lunch, a sipper at sundown and perfect with dinner. One thinks pink food, but a pot of mussels cooked in white wine would be the perfect answer. Christine Capendale’s Feta, Caramelised Onion & Biltong Focaccia is the perfect snack supper of a day of celebratory eating. Click here for her recipe.
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