Wine & vintage: Starlette Rouge 2018
Label: Allée Bleue
Farm location: R45 Franschhoek Valley
Wine maker: Van Zyl du Toit
Grape varieties: 44 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 29 % Merlot & 27 % Shiraz
Style of wine: Dry Red Wine
The grapes were sources from our own pristine vineyards. After harvesting, cooling and sorting, the grapes were crushed to the red fermenters and cold soak done @ 7 ºC for 3 days. After inoculation with yeast, the pump overs started intensely for 5 days before pressing at 5-8 º baling. This ensures a supple and smooth red wine. MLF is done in tank before the Merlot & Shiraz part are aged in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. The Cabernet stays in tank on French staves for 12 months before blending and bottling.
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 14.12 % vol
Residual Sugar 4.4 gm/l
Total Acidity 5.7 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!