Delaire Graff Botmaskop Bordeaux Blend 2018 (TA 94)

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Old Mutual Trophy Show 2020 - Gold
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 - Gold
Texsom IWA 2020 – Platinum Medal
Platter Guide 2020 – 4 1⁄2 stars
Veritas Awards 2019 - Gold

Tim Atkin MW 94 points.
"Delaire Graff combine fruit from the estate in Stellenbosch with 30% from Faure to produce this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with 41% Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Herbal and scented, with considerable finesse and focus for a 2018, it has red berry and blackcurrant leaf flavours, racy acidity, aromatic 50% new wood and fine-grained tannins. Bravo!"

Faced with severe drought, the challenging conditions of the 2018 harvest resulted in one of the smallest yields in years. Yet despite the significant difficulties, the cooler ripening period and smaller crops produced berries with concentrated flavour and intense colour providing wines of notable quality.
The grapes were handpicked in the early hours of the morning from the Estate’s oldest single vineyard.
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot & 3% Malbec
Extensive sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of fruit flavours. Whole berry fermentation and gentle punch downs ensured extra care in handling of grapes. After basket pressing, the wine matured in 50% new French oak barrels for 16 months, where malolactic fermentation took place.
Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense liquorice and blackberry flavours on the palate and fine, lingering tannins. Optimal ageing potential of 5 – 8 years.


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