The Harvest at Delaire Graff Estate
HARD WORK AND DEDICATION
After months of dedication in the vineyards, the harvest at Delaire Graff Estate is complete.The harvest typically takes place any time between late February and early April, however it is a process that cannot be rushed. It is vital that sugar, acidity and pH levels within each grape are in complete harmony. While some of these measurements are made scientifically, Winemaker Morné Vrey and Viticulturist, Kallie Fernhout ultimately use their knowledge and instincts, honed over many years to make the final judgement call.
Once the harvest commences, grapes are handpicked in the cool, early hours of the morning and then taken directly to the Estate’s on-site winery – it is here that they are checked by experienced sorters who discard any unripe or damaged fruit. Finally, the grapes are ready to be crushed so that the winemaking team can begin the fermenting process.
MORNE VREY, WINEMAKER AT DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE
“The harvest is a wonderful moment when we come together to pick and to press – and then taste, as we refine and craft each vintage to ensure absolute excellence. No year is ever the same, because despite all of our planning, preparation and hard work we are beholden to Mother Nature, however, we continue to create something truly beautiful, time and time again.” – Morné Vrey
Delaire Graff Estate is honoured to have been named as one of the Top 50 wineries by the World’s Best Vineyards – placing first within the African continent. Visitors to the Estate can sample some of South Africa’s finest vintages year-round at the art-filled Wine Lounge – or on the spacious terrace, surrounded dramatic mountain views.
“Delaire means ‘from the sky’, and the wines we craft here are an invitation to savour this unique piece of heaven and earth in Stellenbosch.”
– Laurence Graff OBE