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Laibach Chardonnay Chenin Viognier `The Ladybird` 2012

Country
South Africa
Region
Stellenbosch
Producer
Laibach Vineyards
Grape(s)
Chardonnay (86%)
Viognier (11%)
Chenin Blanc (3%)
Type
White
Style
Fruity
Oaked Style
Lightly oaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry / Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content (%)
13.5
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic / Biodynamic
Organic

Region

This famous region is 30 miles north east of Cape Town yet still close enough to the ocean to benefit from cool maritime conditions. These beautiful vineyards are dominated by scenic mountains and the region is home to some of the Cape`s most famous and influential wine estates. The most noted and important vineyards are located on the prized slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. This small and highly rated sub-zone has fantastic terroir and is where many of South Africa`s top red cuvees are produced.

Producer

One of the Cape`s more recent wine estates having been purchased by the Laibach-Kuehner family in the early 1990s. An initial investment saw the 40 hectare property totally replanted and this was followed by the building of a state of the art and contemporary winery. Stuffed full of modern winemaking kit but using traditional barrel ageing, this is a wine estate with a growing reputation right on top of its game. Managed by the very likeable Mike Malherbe, a totally fanatical grape grower and in tandem with the exceptionally talented winemaker, Francois van Zyl they endeavour to craft modern drinkable and delicious wines for a sophisticated and discerning market.

Tasting (Long)

Predominantly Chardonnay with a touch of Chenin and Viognier grown in 8 different regions of South Africa, 40% of the juice was fermented in old 500 liter barrels for 4 months before final blending. The wine is fresh and complex with notes of white peach, nuts and hints of paw-paw and a fresh aroma. Expressive on the palate with a lingering aftertaste. Almost a creamy acidity makes this an incredibly appealing dry white wine.

Tasting (Short)

Medium bodied with a refreshing colour. Dimensions of nuts, yeast and white pear on the nose are followed by good expression on the palate. Aged for seven months in oak, there are well balanced hints of pear and warm toast, with a lingering finish.

Food

Creamy pea and asparagus risotto, Chicken Chasseur and pork Strogonoff.

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