Delaire Graff Chardonnay, Stellenbosch
- Marzipan aromas with a rich cashew nut and melon palate.
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- Delaire Graff Estates unique, elevated location on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Mountain Pass is noted for its high altitude vineyards, excellent soils and cooling sea breezes. With its serendipitous terroir, together with long cool winters, and a slow ripening season, Delaire is producing noble, expressive, world-class wines. Red wines have big, multifaceted structures, combined with soft tannins and elegance; whilst the white wines capture the freshness of the harvest.The estate installed a spectacular cellar, one of the most advanced in the southern hemisphere with every possible aid and resource that a wine maker could possibly need for extracting the ultimate potential from every vintage, and ensuring consistent world-class standards. But clearly the road to vinous perfection has to start with the optimal fruit. And to this end, the estates vineyards have undergone an extensive replanting programme over the years. As Morne Vrey, Delaire Graff Estates wine maker explains, Capital investment alone cannot guarantee superlative wines. But when you start off with the finest clones of the most suitable cultivars, plant them on the optimum soils and slopes, and manage your vineyards vigilantly... then, youve created the best possible platform for the art and science of winemaking to co-join in a display of celestial magic.
Delaire are certified by Sustainable Wine South Africa.
From selected hillside vineyards in the Stellenbosch region the Chardonnay is fermented and matured in French oak barrels for nine months. Bright green gold, it is rich in lemony citrus fruit flavours that are underpinned by layered nuances of honeycomb peaches and butterscotch. A hint of minerality adds to a long and lingering finish.
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