Friday, 30 November 2007

TN : L'Avenir Stellenbosch Classic 2005, South Africa

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (20%), and Carbernet Franc (20%).

There is no mention of the 2005 vintage on the Laroche Wines website though which seems to rarely updated with information, preferring to try to dazzle with fancy graphics.

L’Avenir vineyards are situated in Stellenbosch. The soil is Origan – Glenrosa type (decomposed shale with clay underneath). The grapes were harvested between the end of January and the middle of March. Fermentation was done with selected yeast strains and took five days at temperatures up to 25° - 32°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine underwent a cold maceration for 36 hours. It went through malolactic fermentation and was matured for 14 months in French barrels. There was no fining and at bottling, the wine was sterile filtered and bottled under vacuum for maximum protection. The winemaker was Tinus Els.

The residual sugar is 3.2 grammes per litre, pH is 3.53, and TA is 5.9 grammes per litre.

This wine won a bronze medal at the 2007 Veritas show.

Colour :
Dark purple

Aroma : Tobacco, blackcurrant, cold tea, raspberry

Taste : Long strong tobacco finish, burnt rubber and heat at end, blackcurrant, raspberry, oak, and hints of liquorice

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 99 SEK

Mark : C+

Website : Laroche Wines
Website : L'Avenir Vineyards

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