Created on one of the most beautiful Estates in the Western Cape, this not-to-be-missed red blend is an absolute must-have for the cellar. It is named after the towering peak above the spectacular Delaire Graff Estate which perches high on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch. The estate is set in one of the most idyllic areas. With it’s panoramic views over the whole Stellenbosch valley, and rolling mountains, the farm possesses one of the most unique terriors in the region.
The estate itself boasts of some of the most sought after collections of art, with solid bronze cheetahs greeting you on your drive up and onto the winding driveway to the cellar. Gardens designed by Keith Kirsten flow down the mountain side toward the road and the opulence and sheer luxury of the estate is evident from even the road. The vineyards are grown up steep, challenging mountainsides and are consistently cooled by the Atlantic Sea breeze which washes over the valley. This creates the intensity of the fruit that makes up this award winning wine.
The Botmaskop in particular is a Bordeaux Styled blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc. It has an almighty track record for supreme quality; local and international award winning prowess. It has received 3 Consecutive Platter 5 Star Ratings, Best Red Wine overall at the Old Mutual Trophy Awards and Best Bordeaux Blend at the Decanter International Award.
A wet, miserable winter proved to be very challenging for the harvesting process, but the result is a full, rich blend that certainly does not disappoint. The grapes were carefully picked and extensively sorted, choosing only the best fruit. They were then destemmed, and fermented whole, circumventing the crushing stage. This, together with the gentle punch downs of the fruit, allowed for the full flavour of the fruit to be totally extracted. After basket pressing, the wine matured in French oak barrels for 18 months, 30% new, where malolactic fermentation took place.
Expect to find rich aromas of cassis and spice infused with intense liquorice and blackberry flavours on the palate. The wine ends with fine, lingering tannins.
With the price going up each year, you cannot afford to miss out on this perfect red blend that is simply going to get better in your cellar with its optimal age being 5-8 years. You cannot miss out on this popular investment wine available here.