Fleur du Cap Laszlo 2008 (NOT YET AVAILABLE)

The Laszlo 2008 has an intense deep purple colour with a bright hue. The bouquet has rich, complex layers of black cherries, plums and blackberries with subtle nuances of tobacco leaf, Bournville chocolate and marzipan. These opulent flavours come through on the palate and meld seamlessly with tobacco flavours balanced with exceptionally well-integrated oak nuances.

variety : Merlot [ 35% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec ]
winemaker : The Bergkelder winemaking team headed by Cellarmaster Andrea Freeborough
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.21 % vol  rs : 1.64 g/l  pH : 3.54  ta : 6.07 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

John Platter South African Wine Guide 2013 - 5 Star Rating

ageing : Excellent ageing potential.

in the vineyard : This special release signature blend is a fitting tribute to Dr Julius Laszlo, the innovative, visionary Cellarmaster at The Bergkelder who catapulted South African winemaking into the international league in the 1980's. Crafted from the finest barrels of noble varieties Dr Laszlo helped to establish in the Cape winelands, this elegant, full-bodied Bordeaux-style blend epitomises the Fleur du Cap philosophy of minimal intervention. Allowing the unbridled expression of the grapes to dictate the style, this signature wine is shaped in perfect harmony with nature resulting in a superb classic that abounds with fruit and flavour.

Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. Soils are predominantly medium-textured and well drained with good water holding capacity.

The vineyards
The Merlot grapes were selected from a vineyard situated on the Schaapensberg near Somerset West. This south-east facing, 8-year old vineyard is planted on deep homogenous shale soils and is vertically trellised. The crop was limited to 8 tons/ha. The Cabernet grapes were selected from a 16-year old vineyard growing in the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch. The vineyard is planted on deep gravelly soils and is vertically trellised, with a low crop of 5 tons/ha. The vines from both vineyards received supplementary irrigation during the latter parts of the growing season. Pest and disease control was implemented according to South African subjective IPW standards.

about the harvest: The opulent Laszlo 2008 is a rich, powerful blend of 35% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot and 11% Malbec. The grapes were handpicked in the last week of March.

in the cellar : In the cellar, the juice fermented on the skins for 10 days at 28° C. The ferments were pumped over 3 times a day. After fermentation the free run fraction was taken to barrels. The wine underwent natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was subsequently racked and matured in the same barrels for 22 months. After extensive barrel selection and blending trails the final blend was selected. Prior to bottling the wine received a gentle fining and filtration.

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