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Brut Rosé Agrafé 2013 -Tirage Liége – 750ml

The Brut Rosé Agrafe 2013 is a blend of 69% Pinot Noir, 19% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Meunier. It undergoes a second fermentation under a specifically selected cork and remains on the lees for 60 months thereafter. The bottles are then de-gorged by hand and re-corked for release under the same staple used for fermentation.

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Le Lude pioneered artisanal Agrafé bottle fermented Cap Classique in South Africa. 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 Pinot Noir grapes, riper at harvest, are completely destemmed and crushed, before being cold macerated for seven days. During this time, the skins impart a unique colour and flavour. This fraction is pressed separately and blended back into the final blend. Careful consideration is made to produce an elegant wine with structure and length.

The wine is bottled under cork during 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 continuous monitoring ensure that the perfect dosage is given before the wine is sealed with cork and Agrafé.

The wine has a sunset hue of orange garnet. The nose shows notes of baked raspberry pie, cherries and hints of spice. The palate has layered berry flavours – mulberry, blueberry and cranberry notes – its dry finish complemented by a fresh, racy acidity with depth.

CULTIVARS: Pinot Noir 69%, Chardonnay 19%, Pinot Meunier 12%
VINTAGE: 2013 100%
ORIGIN: Elgin 37%, Bonnievale 35%, Franschhoek 18%, Robertson 10%

Bottling Date: 2013/04/03
Disgorgement Date: 2021/05/28
Sur latte / Maturation: 96 months
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS: ALC: 11.93% RS: 4.3g/l TA: 7.4g/L pH: 3.45

Weight 0.75 kg
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