Situated on the crest of the Helshoogte Pass in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation, the Delaire Graff Wine Estate has stunning views down the side of the Simonsberg and over the Banghoek Valley and down to Groot Drakenstein and beyond. The Delaire Graff Shiraz 2017 was made at the height of the worst Western Cape drought in living memory. Warm dry days and cooler than average nights meant lighter bunches, and smaller berries with great fruit intensity. Delaire Graff’s Award-Winning Winemaker, Morné Vrey was able to use these factors to his advantage.
The grapes for the Delaire Graff Shiraz 2017 were picked in the cool early hours from both the Estate’s own vineyards and from a selection of contracted vineyard site in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Once in the cellar fermentation took place at cool temperatures which retain maximum aromas and flavours. A year in prefilled French Oak Barrels meant that the oak supported the fabulous fruit rather than being an equal partner. The wine was then prepared for bottling. The wine has just been chosen to be served on Singapore Airline Business Class.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is black with silver and purple printed, elegant. In the glass, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged garnet at the edges. The aromas are classical Shiraz, dark berries, roadside brambles, mulberries and red fleshed plums and are repeated on the palate, which is generous from entry, through a broad mid-palate and a long and gently waning aftertaste. Perfectly interwoven in the ending is the soft acidity and the cashmere clad tannins. The Delaire Graff Shiraz 2017 has all the properties required for much reward after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
Quite a good idea to chill a youthful wine like this for about 30 minutes in the fridge or an ice bucket. It is built for food. Alida Ryder’s Greek Pork Souvlaki is the perfect dish to partner the Delaire Graff Shiraz 2017. Click HERE for her recipe.
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