The Summer of 2019/2020 was one of the expected dry weather and no temperature spikes either up or down. Crops were smaller as a result of windy weather, though with smaller berries, there was a concentration of flavour and a good acidity/sugar balance.
The grapes for the Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2020 came from Coastal Wine Appellation Vineyards in Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Darling and Franschhoek. Each region adding its own character to the resulting wine. Picked in the early hours of the morning before the Summer heat rose in the vineyards, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes and 8% splash of Semillon were given partial skin contact before being gently pressed for fermentation. The Semillon was fermented in new French Oak Barrels for 3 weeks. Followed by 5 months lying on its lees. Blending then took place and the final wine was prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw with youthful lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas and flavours segue one into the other. Tropical fruits, desiccated pineapple, ripe winter melon, crushed blackcurrant leaves and poached cape gooseberries. The wine is layered, complex, all the characteristics in perfect harmony in a long, gently waning, crisp and fresh aftertaste. An impressive glass – always.
While the Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is ideal as a mid-morning refresher, a sundown sipper and an aperitif it is brilliant with food. The perfect partner is my Ceviche which I made from flapping fresh hake and granadilla. Ceviche is the national dish of Peru. Click HERE for my recipe.
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