Delaire Graff Wine Estate, the Winelands epitome of a luxury destination, is on top of the Helshoogte Pass on the collar which joins Botmaskop and Simonsberg in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Summercourt Vineyards are close by and is the source of the grapes for this fine bottle from Delaire Graff.
Grapes were hand harvested on Summercourt in the early morning and taken to Morné Vrey and his Cellar team where they are whole bunch pressed and the juice is taken to stainless steel tanks to get the fermentation process going. Once 50% complete, the fermenting wine is taken to 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels where fermentation was completed. Wine was then left in barrel for two months, stirred and transferred to tank where it remained on primary lees six months for further maturation. This does so much for the build-up of the mid-palate and the creaminess in the wine. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple. Elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a brightshining pale straw gold. The aromas are of ripe white fleshed peaches. The palate is one of windfall citrus, some tropical fruit and river stones [come on, you sucked little smooth round river stones as a child]. The palate is in perfect balance with the acidity, the fruit and the supportive oak with its concomitant sweet brown spice and vanilla. Very drinkable now, though will reward after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
Kayla Ann Osborn of the Delaire Graff Restaurant and Virgil Kahn of Indochine on the Estate have any number of dishes which will match perfectly the Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2019. At home you might want to try my Old Cape Chicken Curry in the style of Louis Leipoldt. Some fun I had converting his very short-of-information recipe. An ideal Summer’s evening recipe. Click HERE for my recipe.
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