Stellenbosch, South Africa
Delaire Graff wines rank among the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere. The unique terroir, on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Mountain Pass, is something the ambitious winemaker, Morné Vrey, explores harvest after harvest.
Severe weather fluctuations during bud break and flowering, followed by cool windy conditions contributed to less and uneven bunches and smaller berries. White wines have shown good acidity and balanced flavour profiles while reds, despite the challenging season, have shown
From Delaire Graff Estate mountain vineyards, the grapes were handpicked in the early hours over various ripening periods. Picking criteria was based on flavour to ensure optimal sugar concentration
and balance of acidity.
Extensive bunch sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented for 14 days. Maturation took place in 225 litre 40% new
French barrels for 10 months. No batonage or malolactic fermentation took place, in order to retain freshness.
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/1
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/1