Advent Calendar #23, The Asara Bell Tower 2012, a fine Stellenbosch red blend

Advent Calendar #23 The Asara Bell Tower 2012

For my second last Advent Calendar #23, I have chosen a wine which is a particular favourite, The Asara Bell Tower 2012.  A beautifully constructed blend in the style of Bordeaux. The Estate is blessed with all five of the classic Bordeaux grapes and the wine is made up of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 105 Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot.  The grapes are all separately vinified and the best barrels are selected after maturation for the final blend.

Cabernet Sauvignon, lead grape in this wine

The grapes are bunch sorted after overnight cooling.  Destemming and crushing then takes place and this is followed by with a cold soak on the skins for a week to start the extraction of colour and flavour.  Fermentation proceeds during which time pump overs take place four times a day to gently extract all one wants from the fermenting grapes in terms of colour, flavour and tannins.

Fruits and spices of a red blend

Pour
From an elegant black labeled Bordeaux shaped bottle.  In the glass, a deep, opaque Satsuma plum red which pales out to ruby garnet at the edges. Classic Bordeaux whiffs, blueberries and black currants. Toasty oak in undertow. Fabulous fruit from entry, frisky red berries, roadside brambles, Creme de Cassis.  Wonderful harmony and balance of fruit, acidity, full mouthfeel, soft tannins and a long and gently waning aftertaste. Truly superb mouthful.

Dalewood Fromage Huguenot, a great Cape hard cheese

Pair
Whether it’s a roast turkey with sausage stuffing, a hot roast moskonfyt and mustard glazed gammon, a fine leg of Karoo lamb or a tranche of roast sirloin with horseradish and Yorkshire pudding – this is the wine for you. If you are braaing for Christmas, this is going to be a great partner to your lamb and apricot curried Sosaties, your boerewors or steaks off the coals – this is the wine for you. If you happen to have a fine slice of Dalewood Fromage Huguenot – this is the wine for you. Enjoy.

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