There are times when you lift a glass to your lips and the combination of the aromas, the retro-nasal whiffs, the vibrant palate when you need a bit of perking up, just make you feel like you are in a comfortable chair in your living room, on your verandah or under a pergola in your garden. This wine does all that and more for me. The touch of Semillon adds a touch of gravitas and reins in the puckish Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes for the Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2019 come from contracted vineyards in the Western Cape are superbly managed by Morné Vrey by the Delaire Graff award winning winemaker and his team. Hand harvesting is done in the early hours of the morning while the vineyards are still cool from the night temperatures. White wines from this vintage, the first since the breaking of the drought. Smaller berries lead to a larger ratio of skin to juice. Once in the cellar, the grapes were pressed, and the juice allowed no skin contact. The fermentation process lasted 3 weeks at 15 ̊C. The wine was left on its primary lees for 5 weeks post fermentation and, after blending the two Bordeaux whites, an extra 3 months on fine lees.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classic simple elegant Delaire Graff, In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw in colour. The aromas reveal the different sources of the grapes, fynbos herbaceousness, fresh mown wheat and citrus in abundance. The palate is very generous and provides a real mouthful with a lovely line of acidity running through to the long and gently waning aftertaste. Many layered, tart fruits like cape gooseberries and sweet tropical limes. Good ending, long with river stone minerality.
The Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a wine for gentle sipping, rather than quaffing. It is a serious wine, great as a mid-morning refresher or as an aperitif before a meal. The perfect lunch time dish in the warm Autumn sun would be Robyn Wallace’s Chicken Cacciatore, named for Italian hunters. Always a rustic lusty dish. Click HERE for her recipe.
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