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Chrysalis Red Blend 2016

R400.00

“This Red Blend is the crème-de-la-crème of our red wines on Lourensford. Harvested from select sections of the best single-vineyards. It is skillfully and meticulously blended from the best barrels in the cellar to express the essence of our unique terroir.”

Aromas of ripe blackberry and mulberry fruit flavours with cherries and a touch of Cape fynbos greet you on the nose. The palate is dense, structured and explosive, bursting with upfront berry fruit flavours. The wine has a refreshing acidity and the complex palate will awaken your taste buds. Decant the wine for maximum enjoyment.

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Awards

Michelangelo Awards – Double Gold

Tim Atkin – 91 points

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Harvest Description

Lourensford Estate experienced a moderately wet winter that allowed vines to go into proper dormancy with budding that started earlier than usual. We did not have the usual severe South Easter winds at the start of summer and this resulted in even budding and flowering of the vines. Even though we experienced moderate temperatures and cool nights in the summer, the very dry conditions resulted in much faster ripening and the earliest recorded harvest dates in the history on the Estate. The vines were generally very healthy and in good balance and harmony. The fruit was picked by hand early in the morning to protect the very delicate flavours and placed into 5 ton fermenters with regular, manual punch downs before the grapes were pressed and transferred to barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and ageing. Resulting in a refined wine with elegance and structure.

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