You may recall that it was only after the 2018 harvest that the worst drought in living memory was broken. Now mercifully, due to heavy rains this winter, the Cape dams are full and indeed, some are overflowing. The grapes harvested in 2018 was the smallest yield in years. However, the berries had essenced concentration and dark colour. Handpicked in the cool early morning hours, the grapes were given gentle care in the cellar by the Estate’s Award-Winning Winemaker Morné Vrey and his team. Fermentation taking place at cool temperatures to preserve the integrity of the fruit. Maturation took place over 12 months in previous fill French Oak Barrels. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classical elegant Delaire Graff. In the glass, the wine is deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a youthful purple tinged ruby at the edges. The palate is rich and generous with black berries, roadside brambles and mulberries, and plums with the characteristic grind of white pepper. The palate is soft, with a punch of fruit and an aftertaste which has the undertow of oak and its concomitant brown spice and vanilla, and a whisper of Jamon Iberico. Eminently drinkable now, though it has everything in its favour to reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Delaire Graff Shiraz 2018 is a wine built for fine food. It is so good with what we consider as traditional South African dishes, like a good bredie, some delicious Boerewors or even a gentle curry. Whatever the question, Dianne Bibby’s Marinated Spiced Lamb Chops are the answer. Click HERE for her recipe. And do buy her Cookbook, you need one in your kitchen.
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