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Delaire Graff Estate Chenin Blanc 2017 750ml

South Africa
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2019 2017 2015 2013
Rated 93 by Wine & Spirits
Diamond merchant Laurence Graff bought this estate in 2003, turning the property into an expansive, art-filled Relais & Chateau resort, and building a new winery. Morne Vrey makes the wines, sourcing this one from old bush vines, the fruit whole-bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barrels, where it then rests without any lees stirring or malolactic fermentation. The result is a powerful wine: The warm wood tones combine with the fruit to build a richness akin to marzipan while the acidity keeps the wine balanced and firm. Notes of truffles and bee pollen add to the impression of lush elegance, but the wine never gets too heavy. Still, it’s likely best to lose this in the cellar for a few more years.
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Delaire Graff Estate Chenin Blanc 2017 750ml

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Varietal: Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is widely recognized as being one of the finest and most versatile white wine grape varietals in the world. In their native home of France's Loire Valley, wineries have used this varietal for centuries to produce a wide range of excellent wines, made possible by the fact that the high acidity in the grapes allows vintners to produce everything from dry, still varieties, to sparkling crémants and sweet dessert wines. One of the key features of this grape, and one which has won it many admirers, is the fact that the transparency of the varietal allows it to express the finer features of the terroir it is grown on, and also allows it to demonstrate the skill of the winemaker in the bottle. These grapes are a hardy varietal, growing well in moderate climates and in heavy clay-like soils all over the wine producing world.

Region: Coastal Region

Coastal South Africa has long been recognized as a vitally important global wine region, and was probably the first 'New World' country to produce wines of an exceptionally high quality. Indeed, in the late 18th century, wines from in and around Cape Town were regarded as amongst the best wines on earth, and were adored for their exoticism and big, fruity flavors Today, the South African wine industry is booming, and wineries are appearing each year along the sun drenched and windy oceanic coastline. Many grape varietals are now grown in the region, however, Chenin Blanc remains the country's flagship varietal, with over eighteen percent of vineyards in the country used for this particular grape, closely followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Colombard.

Country: South Africa

As geographically diverse country, with everything from lush green valleys to areas of arid desert, mountainsides and river estuaries, South Africa unsurprisingly produces a huge range of excellent wines. Regions such as the Breede River Valley consistently impress with their Semillon wines and the lush, fruity Ruby Cabernets grown and processed here, and the cooler region of Overberg is attracting much attention as a result of their silky Pinot Noir bottles. However, all over the oceanic tip of this fascinating country, traditional methods dating back over three hundred years are combining with modern technologies to produce some of the finest examples of New World wines to be found anywhere on the globe.