British Wine Magazine: 94 points
Grape Magazine: 4½ Stars
Platter Guide 2003: 4½ Stars
Wine Magazine 2010: 4 Stars
The Lourens river Valley label continues to deliver timeless elegance in a classic french-styled Bordeaux blend with the structure and balance to age and reward the wait; just as owner Giulio Bertrand planned when he embarked on this new entrepreneurial adventure some 14 years before the harvest of this vintage.
The 2010 vintage will be remembered for elegant wines with silky fine tannins and classical fruit. As always this quality can be attributed to both viticulturist and winemaker who call on their knowledge, skill and experience to deal with challenges from Mother Nature at harvest.
VINEYARD & REGION
Stellenbosch; Helderberg ward
Following good winter rains, cooler temperatures delayed bud break and harvest. As a result the wines produced great depth of fruit and elegant structures
Cabernet franc 53%; Merlot 25%; Cabernet Sauvignon 21%; Petit Verdot 1%
MATURATION 18 months in new and older French oak barrels
WINE ANALYSIS Alc / Vol: 14.59%; Acidity: 5.38 g/l; pH: 3.76; Residual sugar: 1.75 g/l; Extract: 31.66 g/l
COLOUR Opaque centre with lighter brick red edges, young and vibrant red
NOSE Starts out more herbaceous with lavender and thyme in the lead. Cabernet franc much more predominant with some whiffs of coffee. Then come the cassis, raspberry and perfumey rose petals
PALATE Elegant and accessible entry, fullness is a given. A seamlessly put together palate. Beautiful balance of fruit, wood and acidity
This blend is typically South African: friendly, inviting and accessible. Given the nature of South Africans, they like anything over a fire. So my ideal would be to pair it with roasted lamb cutlets and greens, or a lemon and herb chicken with mielie pap and smoor.