Delaire Graff "Botmaskop" Bordeaux Blend, 2016

Style: Full-bodied red                Vintage: 2016                         ABV: 14.5%

Appellation: Stellenbosch        Varietal: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot & 3% Malbec

Region: Western Cape              County:  South Africa

Pairings:  Perfect with a steak, this wine will also pair beautifully with burgers, lamb, veal, forest mushrooms, and dark chocolate.

 Cheese Pairings: Aged Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Bleu, Gorgonzola, Beemster.

About This Wine: Extensive sorting of the grapes formed part of the quality management process. The grapes were de-stemmed only, not crushed, to ensure gentle extraction of fruit flavors. Whole berry fermentation and gentle punch downs ensured extra care in handling of grapes. After basket pressing, the wine matured in 50% new French oak barrels for 16 months, where malolactic fermentation took place. Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense licorice and blackberry flavors on  the palate and fine, lingering tannins. Optimal ageing potential of 5-8 years.