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Brut Agrafé 2013 – Tirage Liége – 750ml

The Brut Agrafe 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.

R1,200.00

The grapes are hand harvested early in the morning and packed into shallow picking crates. Grapes are stored in the cold room to reduce core berry temperature before pressing. Three different quality fractions are selected at pressing. Cuvée the high quality free run juice, Première Taille and Deuxieme Taille. Only the Cuvée fraction is used in the Vintage blend.

The clean juice goes through a cool fermentation. A small fraction is fermented in 4th fill barrels and the large majority is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. No lees contact is given post fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is avoided. Blending is done from various parcels that were kept seperate throughout production. Chardonnay forms a large portion of all the Brut blends as a Le Lude house style. Tirage for this selection is on special hand selected cork instead of the usual crown cap. Post degorgement the wines are recorked with a fresh 2 disk cork and secured with an Agrafe.

Lime zest and minerality are prominent due to the Chardonnay. This also brings linearity and length on the palate.Tertiary characters of proved dough and apple crumble on the nose round out this complex yet fine mouthfeel.

Chardonnay 68%, Pinot Noir 32%

ALC: 12.1% RS: 3.9 g/L TA: 7.3 g/L pH: 3.07

Weight 0.75 kg
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