Landskroon Wine Estate is situated on the south-western facing slopes of the Paarl Mountain in the Paarl Wine Appellation. For 5 generations, the family have owned and managed the Estate. After many Awards, including a Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award for Paul de Villiers 5, the current Cellarmaster, the estate continues to produce fine wines. With an excellent quality to price ratio.
Another name in the De Villiers family is Hugo, and one generation back, there were two brothers called Paul and Hugo, it is for them that this wine is named.
A blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Shiraz and the balance Merlot, the wines are separately vinified, and a portion drawn off to maximise the colour and flavours during fermentation. The De Villiers forefathers in La Rochelle, France would have called this saignée or ‘bleeding.’ The wines spent time in a combination of French and American oak staves, while a small portion ages in previous fill French Oak Barrels before being prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a black screw cap. The label, reasonable newly designed, is classical and elegant, befitting of the wine in the bottle. In the glass, the wine is a deep mulberry red at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical for a blend like this, blackcurrant, blueberries, plums and oak spice. From entry the palate is rich and generous, with a heavy presence of the red and black fruit, oak and its concomitant spices. There is a line of raspberry acidity which runs through from entry to the long and satisfying aftertaste.
The Landskroon Paul Hugo Red 2019 might feel mildly insulted by my calling it a quaffer, so I shall refer to it as a great sipper. Perfect when you want a glass of easy drinking red, at sunset, or waiting for the braai embers to reach the right temperature. It is an excellent partner for simple foods like a good Burger, a Boerie Roll or a lovely homemade lamb curry pie. Savoury Mince or Curried Mince served with rice and sambals would be a great partner too. For high days and holidays, there is nothing to beat a well roasted spatchcocked chicken like Dianne Bibby’s Paprika Roast Chicken. Click HERE for her recipe.
Dianne Bibby, well known Johannesburg Cook, Recipe Developer, with a great Website – https://www.bibbyskitchenat36.com
Click HERE to listen to my podcast about this wine, first aired on Fine Music Radio.
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