Musings on De Grendel’s Sir David Graaff 2015
Thoughts on the line between wine and art, and the problems with out-flagging a flagship wine.
Wine is often compared to art in an attempt to justify or normalise the drinker’s obsession, or exorbitance. But the analogy doesn’t really do its job….
…unless the listener is willing to ponder why art – in the first instance – does not, itself, need a defence for the emotional and financial extremes that it inspires.
And so, to return to our analogy, for wine to be considered art, there has to be a moment where a wine stops being a drink, and becomes something far richer. This can’t be forced. It simply happens. For Van Gogh, his incredible works needed time and distance (perhaps even from the man himself) in order to find their audience. I’d suggest that the passage of time through which his artworks travelled were part of their magic. In a sense, art is a carefully curated expression of the cultures and conflicts of the period. As time passes, the chronological gap has a way of clarifying, and distilling the essence of that age into something far less turbulent and muddied than perhaps it actually was. I guess, in that sense, art, over time, becomes less real…but it also becomes infinitely more romantic. And we humans like that sort of thing.
“If you’re staring at a painting… wondering whether the painter bought
the canvas at a discount… then I’m pretty sure that what’s in front of you
is not art”
So what of the wine itself, in 2022?
POST SCRIPT: At the time of publishing, De Grendel’s Sir David Graaff 2015 had a Vivino rating of 4.3, with 350 ratings. This puts it into the same category as the top 2-3% of wines, worldwide.