Delaire Graff Wine Estate and Lodges is situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The most perfect situation for one of the finest of Wineland Destinations. With two award winning restaurants, superb accommodation, a Graff Diamonds Studio, and one of the most excellently run Wine Tasting and Sales Lounges.
The grapes for The Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2020 are sourced from a number of Wine Appellations covering a vast area of over 400 kilometres in order to showcase the unique diversity in flavour profiles available within the Western Cape. There is a clever small dollop of 4% Semillon blended in by winemaker, Morné Vrey in this wine, adding a bit of gravitas to the puckish and sprightly Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes were handpicked, early in the morning. There was no skin contact once destemmed and crushed and then delicately pressed. Fermentation lasted 3 weeks at 15 ̊C. The wine was left on its primary lees for 5 weeks post fermentation and, after blending, an extra 3 months on fine lees. It was then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a black, green topped screw cap. The label is simple classical and Delaire Graff elegant. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw with lime green flashes. The aromas are green, freshly mown lawn, asparagus with some sweet tropical limes. The palate from entry is brisk, with many layers. The wine is fresh, frisky, toned down by the Semillon. The ending is long with all elements in perfect harmony and a whisper of minerals. The wine is eminently drinkable now. It will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
A crisp vibrant wine like the Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2020 needs careful choice of food. It is excellent with most summer salads, those with smoked or plain chicken or fish like angelfish or Snoek. My Beer Battered Fish, is a great match. Click HERE for my recipe.
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There is also the set Ladies Lunch Menu, lovely way for a group of ladies to get together. Do book ahead…