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Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2011

November 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
in What I Drank Last Night
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Big ticket item.

Big ticket item.

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.

Score: 95/100.

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