Made from Tinta Barocca and Touriga Nacional, two grapes commonly found in port and not something you expect to find in Stellenbosch. However, this South African expresion of fortified wine is worthy of a place next to it’s Portugese counter parts.
Stellenboshc, South Africa.
In 2003 Laurence Graff OBE acquired the Avantuur estate in Stellenbosch, he set to create one of the leading South African wine estates. From the high-altitude terraces, located on the steep slopes of Botmaskop Mountain and frequently cooled by Atlantic breezes, the estate can count on impeccable grapes that carry the intensity of fruit that is the hallmark of Delaire Graff wines. Under Graff’s ownership and the skilled Morné Vrey, Delaire Graff wines have regularly won international and national awards and the estate has become established as one of the best in South Africa.
Grapes are cooled, crushed and cold soaked before gentle punch down up to 6 times a day. Once at its desired sweetness level, wine and un-aged brandy is added to fortify the wine. 12 months of aging in 20 year old oak barrels are followed by a further 18 months of bottle maturation.
Uplifting and fresh but weighty. Crisp red fruits, good acidity and fine tannins all complimented by a wonderful spice. Aromatic, sweet and delicious.