PRESCIENT CHARDONNAY REPORT 2018
Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve and Banghoek Reserve rated top in the country
The eighth annual Prescient Chardonnay Report unveiled the country’s top Chardonnays for 2018. Out of a staggering 117 entries from 81 producers, the Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve 2016 achieved a top score of 94 out of a possible 100 points, followed closely by the Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2017 with 93 points. Congratulations to winemaker Morné Vrey and his cellar and vineyard team on this outstanding achievement.
The awards suggest that local Chardonnay is “going from strength to strength”, according to Christian Eedes, who chaired the experienced 3-person judging panel. “In the past decade or so, the variety as made locally has achieved notable prominence but there has been a tendency in more recent times to disparage it in some quarters, the argument being that it is still some distance behind other New World producing countries let alone Burgundy in the quality stakes”. Two prestigious Burgundies were included in the blind tasting and the results strongly contradicted this sentiment, revealing a number of South African wines that rated the same and some even better, including Delaire Graff Estate’s own Chardonnays.
The Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve 2016 is an expressive bouquet of smoky floral and citrus notes on the nose. On the palate, almonds, pears and passion fruit are supported by a crisp acidity and fine spicy minerals. The Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2017 is elegant with layered nuances of vanilla, peaches and honeycomb, with a hint of minerality that adds a lingering finish.
To view the tasting notes in the full Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, click here.