The Delaire Graff Wine Estate sits at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in the Banghoek Valley, part of the northern most reaches of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. This is the home of the Delaire Graff Redstone 2015, made by award winning winemaker Morné Very and bottled especially for Woolworths.
The rain free weather in the period leading up to the 2015 harvest provided disease free bunches in what turned out to be one of the healthiest seasons in year. The warm Spring weather in 2014 resulted in earlier bud break and a warm, dry and windy summer regulated growth and accelerated ripening. Wines were above average in quality with exceptional analysis and flavour.
The soils in which the grapes for the Delaire Graff Redstone 2015 grow, is both Oakleaf and Tukulu, which are yellow to red in character, hence the name Redstone. A real thumbprint of its vintage, the blend is in the style of Bordeaux with 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot making up the blend.
Given serious elévage in the cellar and matured in French oak barrels for 14 months before being prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under natural cork closure in an appropriately Bordeaux shaped bottle, Redstone has elegant livery. In the glass, it is a deep ruby at the core which pales out to the garnet at the edges.
It smells like
Blackcurrant, roadside brambles, blueberries. Undertow of oak and its concomitant spices.
It tastes like
A generosity of fruit of the dark berry, cherry and bloodplum kind. All gently spiced. Excellent midpalate textures which end in a long bright fruited finish. Some say it is an insult to say easy to drink, and that one is damning the wine with faint praise, but this one really is an easy and pleasurable wine to drink.
It’s good with
While this is a delicious glass on its own, it is a serious food wine. All those lovely French provincial venison, guinea fowl and beef casseroles your mother made in the Aga. With the nights still cool, there’s nothing quite like comfort food and it is superbly provided by Lizet Hartley’s Herby Sourdough Mozzarella Braai Toastie. Click here for her recipe.
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