La Bri has the most enchanting position up in the south-east corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Surrounded by vertical Alpine mountains, this is the home of La Bri Affinity 2014.
The wine is a classic Bordeaux grape blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot all harvested off the Estate. GM and winemaker Irene Waller and her team have the components picked at optimal ripeness and harvested separately. The different varieties were separately vinified and matured. Barrel selection for the blend occurred after 23 months of maturation of the individual components in French oak barrels of which 41% were new. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a Bordeaux shaped bottle. The label, like all the La Bri Wines illustrates a flower this this case the Wine Cup, in which the characteristics of the wine are symbolized by the on the label. Geissorhiza radians [also known as the Wine Cup or in Afrikaans as Kelkiewyn] is one of the most sought after Geissorhiza having very attractive deep blue flowers with red centres. In the glass, the wine is a deep dark inky bloodplums which pales out to ruby at the meniscus.
It smells like
Every black fruit you can think of from black currants through Morello cherries, mulberries, roadside brambles. Oak and cigar box in undertow.
It tastes like
A generosity of black berry fruit and plums from entry through mid-palate to the sappy tail. Tannins are nice and firm which behoves a wine like this. Long juice making ending.
It’s good with
Perfect when for no reason you want a glass of sublime red wine. Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Butternut “Linguine” with Blue Cheese Sauce, Crispy Bacon & Sage, is a lovely midweek supper dish for this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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