Starlette Rouge 2014
Label: Allée Bleue
Farm location: R45 Franschhoek Valley
Wine maker: Van Zyl du Toit
Grape varieties: 35 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 33 % Merlot & 32 % Shiraz
Style of wine: Dry Red Wine
Vinification: The grapes were sources from our own pristine vineyards. After harvesting, cooling and sorting, the grapes were crushed to the red fermenters and a cold soak done at 7 ° C for 3 days. After inoculation with yeast the pump over’s started intensely for 5 days before pressing at 5-8º B. This ensures a supple and smooth red wine. MLF is done in tank before the Merlot part is aged in barrel, 2nd and 3rd fill and the Cabernet en Shiraz stays in tank on French staves for 12 months before blending and bottling.
Winemaker’s notes: The colour is a rich dark crimson red. Beautiful spicy flavours of nutmeg and cloves welcome you, followed by a ripe cherry and an intriguing fynbos character. The palate is soft and elegant with upfront berry fruit and ends with subtle vanilla and chocolate flavours. A fruit driven wine for every day.
Alcohol 13.9% vol
Residual Sugar 3.9 gm/l
Total Acidity 5.8 gm/l
Food pairing: The wine is a perfect companion with a juicy lamb roast served with baby vegetables or fresh pasta at your favourite Italian place . Or simply enjoy on its own!