Today the official launch of Laurence Graff Reserve 2009 from Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch. Essentially, it’s the five best barrels of Cab from that vintage, matured for 30 months in French oak, 100% new. Winemaker Morné Vrey lets on that it also contains a “splash” of both Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, together making up 8% of the overall wine. Total production 1 370 bottles, price per bottle R 1 650, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013…
Scores and tasting notes for some of the new releases:
Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2012: 16/20
Very primary. Lime fruit, driving acidity. Lean with a long, pithy finish. Some pyrazine bite.
Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2012: 17/20
Shy nose. Green melon upfront, paprika on finish. Good palate weight, coated acidity. Seamless and precise.
Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2011 16.5/20
White and yellow peach, vanilla and slight buttery note on the nose and palate. Good concentration but oak currently sits a little apart. Snappy acidity.
Delaire Graff Chardonnay 2010: 16.5/20
Citrus and vanilla on the nose and palate. Well integrated oak and bright acidity. Slight savoury edge. Very youthful.
Delaire Graff Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2010: 19/20
60% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc. Complex and subtle with notes of elderflower, lime, white jellybean and green melon. Pure fruit, coated acidity. Great balance – totally complete.
Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009: 18.5/20
Wonderfully fragrant nose – red currant, cassis, violets. Juicy fruit, oak perfectly judged, zingy acidity. Perfectly delineated.
Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2009: 18/20
Huge. Concentrated dark fruit, prominent oak. Much fuller than the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and slightly more oxidative (six months longer in barrel). Relatively thick textured, driving acidity, firm tannins. Very imposing – plenty of “grunt”.