La Bri Vineyards in Franschhoek is set amongst the most impressive mountains which go straight up into the sky in the south eastern corner of this most beautiful wine region. It is blessed with the most perfect little Cape Dutch style Manor house and a cutting-edge technology in its winery. Irene Waller, the GM and winemaker and her team are producing some sublime wines. The La Bri Chardonnay 2016 is one of them.
The grapes for the La Bri Chardonnay 2016 are harvested from 27-year-old Chardonnay vines on the Estate. Once harvested, the grapes are cooled overnight to retain as much of the aromas and the fresh and fruity characters in the wine. Whole bunch pressed, the juice is allowed to cold settle before being racked off into French oak barrels of which 53% were new. Fermentation took place using the natural yeasts from the vineyards. After a three-month period, the wine was racked and returned to the barrels for 12 months. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle. La Bri wines have very elegant botanical drawings on their labels. The flower chosen for the Chardonnay is the brightly coloured Clivia Miniata. Lady Charlotte Clive, The Duchess of Northumberland, cultivated a specimen in England. In the glass, a rich straw colour, gem bright.
It smells like
Creamy lemon curd like citrus. Poached quince, Granny Smith Apples slices, undertow of oak.
It tastes like
From entry a rich full palate, pumping with the fabulous fruit on the nose. Round and so satisfying. Beautiful thread of acidity from entry to the long and gently waning ending. Noble wine this one.
It’s good with
Serious wine for sipping rather than quaffing. Made for food. And Tracy Foulkes’s Honey Roasted Fig And Walnut Salad With Balsamic Chicken is such a treat with this wine.
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