Delaire Wine Estate, Lodges and Spa ate situated on the saddle of Botmaskop and The Simonsberg in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. The Estate is owned by Laurence Graff, a well-known London Jewellery designer and Diamond Specialist. Morné Vrey is the much awarded wine maker on the Estate.
Dry conditions during the early Spring and Summer created smaller bunches and a lighter crop than the previous year. Great quality of grapes from the Summercourt Vineyards, a neighbour in the Banghoek Valley.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and the juice placed in stainless steel tanks to initiate the fermentation process until 50 percent complete. The fermenting must was then moved to 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels where fermentation was completed. The wine then spent 10 months in the older barrels on primary lees before being prepared for bottling.
From an elegantly labelled Burgundy shape bottle, closed with a screw cap. In the glass, the wine is gem bright, a pale straw in colour. Aromas of sliced white fleshed peaches, mango and desiccated pineapple are repeated on the plate. All is in harmony in the long finish which has an interesting mineral undertow. An impressive glass. Cool cellaring for a couple of years will reward. Eminently drinkable now.
The Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2020 should not be too chilled. Excellent as a food partner. There are two restaurants on the Estate which will provide delicious dishes as partners for the Estate’s wines. Not all of us can get there, so I am recommending Nina Timm’s Granny’s Roast Chicken. Click HERE for her recipe.