Banghoek, South Africa
From a single terraced estate vineyard, with a combination of North and East facing vines. Vineyard produced small concentrated berries with a yield of five tons per hectare. Grapes were handpicked at
As complex and diverse as the site from which it originates, the Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve Chardonnay is the ultimate expression of terroir. Contoured and sloped as an amphitheatre, the vineyard captures the vast flavour spectrum from varying exposure to the vibrant African sun.
Handpicked and whole bunch pressed, matured in 40% new French oak barrels for 10 months, this wine is classically crafted. An expressive bouquet of smoky floral notes lies within the alluring subtlety of peach and citrus. A spicy minerality remains a refined reminiscence of the sites rich soil, while a crisp acidity contrasts with vivacity.
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
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: 3.0 g/1
Total Acidity: 7.1 g/1