Does South Africa’s best wine get the price it deserves in world terms? Laurence Graff Reserve 2011 from Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch sells for R2 000 a bottle but man, it’s good.
A barrel selection from the Cab Reserve, only 1 400 bottles were made. There’s 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec in the mix and the wine was matured for 20 months in French oak, 80% new. Includes 5% of the 2012 vintage for extra verve.
Lovely aromatics – cassis and red currant, a slight and entirely attractive leafiness, violets, vanilla and cigar box. Lithe on the palate with pure fruit, fresh acidity and firm but fine, optimally ripe tannins. Impeccable.