Wine Wednesday Quick Quiz Answers
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QUESTION 1 ANSWER
What are the total hectares planted on Delaire Graff?
With 17.5 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes of Botmaskop Mountain planted with Bordeaux reds and Chardonnay grapes, Delaire Graff Estate produces supremely elegant vintages and we are honoured to have been named one of the Top 50 wineries by the World’s Best Vineyards — placing first within the African continent.
QUESTION 2 ANSWER
What area is Morne Vrey the winemaker from?
As a respected and accomplished South African winemaker, Morné is relentless in his pursuit of quality. His expert hand and knowledge of viniculture is responsible for the creation of fine vintages with skills that translate across his wine portfolio. Morné has a bold, but honest winemaking vision: to keep the integrity of the superlative grapes without over manipulation. Using authentic winemaking methods, he captures the essence of the terroir in every bottle.
He began his career as an assistant winemaker in Stellenbosch before venturing on five years of travel to France, Germany and England to develop his international palate, skills and style. He widened his experience with New World wines in New Zealand and continues to harness his expertise to create elegant South African wines from the unique Delaire Graff terroir and from fruit meticulously sourced from selected vineyards.
QUESTION 3 ANSWER
What style of wine is the area (Calitzdorp) famous for?
- Cape Vintage / Port
- Pinot Noir / Merlot
- Chardonnay / Cabernet Sauvignon
- Malbec / Zinfandel
The well regarded sub-region of Calitzdorp has an array of wines known throughout the world for their significance and reputation.
Calitzdorp’s wines have developed due to specificities such as sunlight hours, vineyard location and winemaking preferences of the area. These elements help to shape a style of wine found nowhere else in South Africa, or the world for that matter.
Port-style wines are predominant in Calitzdorp, but wineries in the area also make smaller quantities of table wines from Touriga Nacional, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
QUESTION 4 ANSWER
What’s the highest rated score given to Delaire Graff Estate by Tim Atkin?
The Laurence Graff Reserve 2017 received an astounding 98 points ranking it as the top Cabernet Sauvignon in South Africa, while the Delaire Graff The Banghoek 2017, a Cabernet Franc based blend, received an impressive 96 points placing both wines on the Wine of the Year list.
Tim Atkin is a UK-based Master of Wine (MW) and wine journalist with an international following. After training in modern languages at the University of Durham, Atkin soon moved into a career of wine writing.
He is now the Wine Editor of Off Licence News and writes for various other magazines including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller and The Economist’s Intelligent Life. He has also contributed to Wine-Searcher’s news & features section.
Over the years, Atkin has won numerous wine writing awards, including the Glenfiddich Wine Writer Award, the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom’s ‘Wine Columnist of the Year’ and Lanson ‘Wine Writer of the Year’ (several times each). In 1994, he was the very first recipient of the Wines of France Award. Atkin’s website, TimAtkin.com has also proved successful, and was named ‘Wine Website of the Year’ at the 2013 Louis Roederer Awards – a highly prestigious commendation.
With wine judging experience all around the world, Atkin is now co-chairman of the IWC (International Wine Challenge) and chairman of the Wines from Spain Awards, the South African Top 100 and the Languedoc-Roussillon Top 100. In partnership with fellow UK wine writers Olly Smith and Oz Clarke, Atkin is one of the ‘Three Wine Men’ who organize and host wine events all around the UK.
TIM ATKIN’S WINE SCORES ON WINE-SEARCHER:
Score range: 75 – 100 points
50% fall between: 88 – 93 points
Average score: 90.5 points
QUESTION 5 ANSWER
What is the owner of Delaire Graff Estate – Laurence Graff – known for?
- Horse Racing
- Cattle Farming
- Designer Clothing
An intense passion for diamonds has been the driving force in Laurence Graff’s life since he first sat, over 60 years ago, at a jeweller’s bench in Hatton Garden, London’s jewellery quarter. His story of metamorphosis is very similar to that of a diamond – transformed from raw, rough carbon into a precious, ravishingly refined gem. ‘I have always been fascinated by diamonds,’ he says; ‘I remember looking at them, studying them closely to understand their purity, and the way they had been cut. It was an inherent feeling that has turned in to a lifelong passion.’
‘I have always been fascinated by diamonds, I truly believe that working with diamonds is what I was born to do.’
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