Prior to the unveiling of the 2013 vintage of Grand Reserve from Stellenbosch cellar Delheim, a tasting of the 1984, 1987, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2006 and 2007 vintages.
And it was the 1984, which stole the show. Made by Kevin Arnold, now of Waterford, the wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc, matured for 13 months in 225-litre French oak barrels, 100% new. Abv 12.9%, RS 1.9g/l, TA 6.3 g/l and pH 3.53.
Wonderfully complex nose – plenty of developed character as you might expect including boot polish, beef stock, mushroom and pine forest but also red fruit (cherries, currants) still in evidence. The palate meanwhile showed lovely composure and length making for an entirely delicious glass of wine!