Brut Agrafé 2013 – Tirage Liége – 750ml

The Brut Agrafé is a blend of 68% Chardonnay and 32% Pinot Noir. It undergoes a second fermentation under a specifically selected cork and remains on the lees for 60 months thereafter. The bottles are then degorged by hand and recorked for release under the same staple used for fermentation.

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Le Lude is the pioneer winery of South Africa to produce the artisanal Agrafé bottle fermented Cap Classique. This method involves fermenting wine under cork instead of crown cap. The cork is secured with a metal staple called an Agraffe. Fermentation under cork imparts a unique and integrated aroma profile and texture.

Our grapes are hand harvested in the early morning for freshness, using shallow picking crates to prevent berry bruising. They are transported in refrigerated trucks to our Franschhoek cellar, and packed in a cold room to reach5°C before pressing starts. The juice is settled for three days before being racked off the sediment.

The clean juice is inoculated with yeast and undergoes a cool fermentation. No lees contact is given post fermentation and malolactic fermentation is prevented.
Once we have our final still base wines, continuous blending trials and tastings determine the final blend.
Careful consideration is made to produce an elegant wine with structure and length.

The wine is bottled under cork for secondary fermentation. In the underground caves, the Agrafé is left undisturbed to age on the lees. During ageing, the yeast cells release complex compounds that contribute to the richness and typical brioche-character found in Cap Classique. Limited releases and constant monitoring ensure that the perfect dosage is given before the wine is closed with the final cork and Agrafé.

Subtle bruised lemon colour, showing age ability with a fine mousse. Notes of baked apple pie with caramel on the nose, with hints of fresh granny smith apple highlighted on the palate. The lean mouthfeel has a vibrant mineral finish. The cork closure during secondary fermentation improves the mousse and protects the acidity with extraordinary length, creating a wine of elegance.

CULTIVARS: Chardonnay 68%, Pinot Noir 32%
VINTAGE: 2013 95%, 2012 5%
ORIGIN: Franschhoek 45%, Plettenberg Bay 25%, Robertson 18%, Elgin7%, Bonnievale 5%

Bottling Date: 2013/04/03
Disgorgement Date: 2021/05/28
Sur latte / Maturation: 96 months
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS: ALC: 12.03% RS: 8.1g/l TA: 7.2g/L pH: 3.14

Weight 0.75 kg
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