La Bri Wine Estate is situated in the ‘hoek’, the south western corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Here the mountains around the estate reach perpendicular up into the sky and tower over the beautiful La Bri Manor House and its vineyards. And it is here that Irene de Fleuriot, General Manager and Wine Maker and her team have, for a number of years produced an exciting range of wines. Recently, Irene launched a range of wines under the Double Door Label. Using the Estate’s own grapes and some bought in from their neighbours, Irene has a further opportunity to be creative and produce a range of wines, each of which has its own distinctive style. The label shows the Double Door of the La Bri Cellar, while the back label fills you in about the wine.
The La Bri Double Door White Blend 2017 is a Rhone style blend, with a typical Irene ‘twist’ a couple of non-Rhone varieties blended in. It is a mix of 56% Roussanne, 19% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier and 10% Semillon, a grape which Franschhoek in the middle of the last century could claim as its own. Bottle under natural cork in a Burgundy shaped bottle.
The La Bri Double Door Natural Sweet 2018, is a wine for those who want something not quite so dry. Perfect for making a jug of Summer Sangria, with chunks of watermelon, berries, slices of orange and a slug of Vodka or Tequila. Bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle.
The La Bri Double Door Rosé 2018 is cheerful pink in colour and made from Merlot. There is also a La Bri Double Door Petit Verdot 2016, made from the classic Bordeaux variety which even in the smallest quantities adds so much to a tradition Bordeaux red blend. It shines on its own. Both appropriately bottled in Bordeaux shaped bottled, the Rosé in a clear glass bottle.
One of my most enduring memories of La Bri is sitting on a balcony off the tasting room eating a cheese platter made from cheeses from Dalewood Fromage and tasting the Estate’s wines. While not all wine goes with cheese, in my opinion, the Double Doors have enough oomph to be perfect partners for some fine cheese.
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