La Bri Syrah 2015, perfect partner to Nina Timm’s New York Strip Sirloin…

La Bri Syrah 2015

La Bri Syrah 2014 was a Michelangelo Platinum Award winner.  Irene Waller, GM and winemaker at La Bri in the south east corner of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, is very excited to introduce the La Bri Syrah 2015 – for La Bri a stunning well -structured vintage. Irene calls this wine a ‘Syrah with a twist’ – it is a co fermentation with 5% viognier – which adds the magic to the wine – it transforms the Syrah in to a herb garden of violets, mint and thyme – hence the use of the Herbs on the label.

Winemaker Irene Waller in the Cellar

The La Bri Syrah 2015 was a conferment with 95% Syrah and 5% whole bunch Viognier, enabled by the differing soils on which the two varieties are planted, Syrah on sand and Viognier on Clay.  They left the Viognier on the vine until the Syrah ripened.

After fermentation and pressing, the wine was taken to 225 litre French oak barrels of which 30% were new and the balance previous fill. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels.  The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Syrah Grapes ripening on the vine

It looks like
Bottled under natural cork in a Burgundy shaped bottle. The label is classical La Bri illustrated with a selection of herbs. In the glass, a rich youthful purple plum at the core which pales out at the edges to bloodplum.

It smells like
Herbaceous – floral like violets, soft mint and thyme. Rich plummy fruit.

It tastes like
Sappy from entry, bright fruited, mulberries and roadside brambles with a thread of plum acidity running through a full mid palate and into a long and gently waning aftertaste in which the cashmere clad tannins are beautifully interwoven with the bright fruit.

Nina Timm’s New York Strip Steak

It’s good with
A deeply special wine, perfect as a glass after dinner when a serious bottle is required for some serious or not too serious conversation. It’s certainly a red meat wine, from the braai, the grill, the oven or a casserole. Nina Timm’s New York Strip Steak is a lovely partner to this utterly delicious wine. Click here for her recipe.

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