Sir David Graaff 1st Baronet of Cape Town 2014
*NOTE: Loyalty Club discount does not apply*
In honour of the life and legacy of Sir David Pieter de Villiers Graaff, the 1st baronet of Cape Town, this red wine of exceptional quality was produced in tribute to the exemplary character and remarkable achievements of this great man.
We, at De Grendel, have produced a wine of the highest quality in keeping with the values exemplified by the first baronet. Vines, like man, take time to reach their full potential. Younger vines produce more fruit and are thus more economically viable, but once mature, produce substantially less fruit – at an exceptionally higher quality.
Such potential has been identified in magnificent Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines from the Somerset region which are all 30 years old or older. At this age, the vines have an advanced root system which provides the fruit with more nutrients from deeper soil layers and contributes to vintage stability, producing wines of more constantly exceptional quality.
Selected, handpicked, individually vinified and matured for 15 months in new French oak before blending, the wine consists of 80% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. After blending, it was returned to the same new barrels and nurturned for a further 6 months. At a total of 22 months of maturation, this wine is the ultimate expression of longevity and potential.
Deep ruby garnet in colour, the nose is perfumed by layers of cedar wood, white pepper and clove which aptly underscore delectable nuances of black plum, prune and mulberry fruit with afterthoughts of blackcurrant. An enticing entry of elegant dried cranberry on the palate evolves into rich plum flavours supported by nuances of savoury cassis and perfumed, sweet tobacco leaf lingering with a finish that is long and lusciously augmented by firm, rounded tannins. Intricate nuances of wood, spice and savoury fruit on the nose follow through onto the palate in elegantly complex, concentrated layers of fruit balanced by sweet, firm, rounded tannins to produce a decadent wine of alluring finesse which will richly reward maturation by careful cellaring.
A true legacy wine, produced in limited quantities to last for over 20 years.