When first launched in the South African market, the Laurence Graff Reserve entered with prestige receiving a Platter 5 Star rating for its maiden vintage. Now, for a third time, the iconic Laurence Graff Reserve (2013) dons 5 Stars, announced at the launch of the Platter Wine Guide 2017.
Delaire Graff Estate’s iconic Proprietor’s Flagship, the Laurence Graff Reserve, is a meticulous blend of only the most superlative fruit. Dominated by 96 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine undergoes a rigorous selection process to identify the best five barrels from sixty for a limited production of 1 500 bottles. Matured in oak for 20 months, it is the product of patience and careful precision resulting in a leading claret with elegant structure.
With a price tag above $200, the Laurence Graff Reserve has, since its introduction, solicited curiosity as one of the most expensive clarets in South Africa. With three of four vintages receiving Platter 5 Star ratings, the superiority of the wine is validation of its price. Having awarded the 2013 Laurence Graff Reserve 97 points out of a possible 100, international wine critic, Tim Atkin commented, “… it’s worth every rand: one of the Cape’s very best Cabernets. Balanced, complex and stylishly oaked, it has focus and finesse, filigree tannins, remarkable fruit concentration and a finish that lingers on the palate.”
Adding to this success, the Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay received its first Platter 5 Star rating for the 2015 vintage. Made from 100 percent Estate grapes, the Banghoek Reserve is a beautifully balanced, terroir driven Chardonnay which exhibits the complex flavor profile and characteristics from the Estate’s diverse site. Matured for 10 months in French oak, the Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay displays a vibrant elegance with layered nuances of vanilla, peaches and honeycomb.
Laurence Graff Reserve 2013
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay 2015
FOUR & A HALF STARS:
Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014
Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve 2014
Delaire Graff White Reserve 2014
Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2014
Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut MCC (NV)
Delaire Graff Merlot 2014
Delaire Graff Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2014
Delaire Graff Shiraz 2015
Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2015
THREE & A HALF STARS:
Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2016