Landskroon Wine Estate, Landskroon Blanc de Noir Off Dry 2018, is owned by the families of Paul and Hugo de Villiers. The cellar is situated on the south-western slopes of Paarl Mountain, where the De Villiers family has been making wine for five generations. Appropriate that I should be writing this on the birthday of Paul V, the Cellarmaster on the Estate. Happy Birthday dear Paul.
What differentiates a Blanc de Noir from a Rosé? A Rosé can be made from white and red grapes. A Blanc de Noir [white from black] and has to be made with only red wine grapes, the residual sugar is left to the producer, but what is important in a Blanc de Noir is the colour, too dark and it is then classified as a Rosé. Blanc de Noir wines are usually entered in wine competitions under the Rosé label. Sad, that after its 30 years of existence there still is no special section in wine competitions for Blanc de Noir.
The grapes for the Landskroon Blanc de Noir Off Dry 2018 are Pinotage which are harvested on the estate. Once in the cellar the grapes are destemmed and gently crushed. The juice is immediately run off to prevent too much of the colour running in to the wine. Fermentation of the free run juice takes place in stainless steel tanks, slow and cold. The wine making process is the same as that for a crisp white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a clear Bordeaux shaped bottle and closed under screw cap. The label is Anthony Lane designed, elegant and matches the other Landskroon Wines. In the glass, it is the colour of pale coral, gem bright. The aromas are floral and red berry fruity. The wine is crisp on the palate from entry and the golden thread of acidity runs thought into the refreshing aftertaste. Nice full palate, with 6.3 grams per litre residual sugar – technically just off dry.
Well chilled it is a great glass for anytime – and to be enjoyed while it is still young and fresh. It is just lovely with food and will go well with some nibbles before a meal, plump pink prawns with a red pepper aioli, smoked trout parcels fill with cream cheese, cheese straws with chopped hazelnuts rolled in with them. Ina Paarman’s Creamy Gazpacho is such a perfect match with the Landskroon Blanc de Noir Off Dry 2018. Click HERE for her recipe.
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