The La Bri Double Door White 2016 is a blend of 54% Viognier and 48% Chardonnay. An amusing accident, as in the 2012 vintage the yield from the Estate’s 11 rows of Viognier was so low that Irene Waller, GM and Winemaker, topped the barrel up with Chardonnay. The juice was fermented in 2nd fill 300L French barrels and the wine matured for 12 months before bottling.
And so a tradition was born and each year, Irene has made the wine. A happy ending. The wonderful Viognier aromas at entry and then the bold crisp Chardonnay in the midpalate and interwoven with the gentle oaking in the aftertaste.
It looks like
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a Burgundy shaped bottle. The label is a wash painting of the La Bri Cellar Double Door. In the glass, a rich straw gold with green flashes.
It smells like
Florals from the Viognier, citrus and yellow apples from the Chardonnay.
It tastes like
From entry, there is a golden thread of acidity with which the white flowers and piel de sapo melon of the Viognier and the tropical citrus of the Chardonnay and the gentle oak are interwoven.
It’s good with
The Double Door is a serious quiet moment sipper. Good with food, in fact excellent with food. Will go well with a number of gently spiced dishes, and Nina Timm’s Traditional Smoorsnoek. Click here for her recipe.
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