Venus Agrafe Brut Rose Nature Millesime 2014

This combination of Pinot Noir (75%), Chardonnay (21%) and Pinot Meunier (4%) makes for a soft and clean mouthfeel where the essence of Pinot Noire merges strongly. Fine delicate aromas of watermelon, and blood orange, with a hint of grapefruit for a pleasant tartness.


Le Lude is the pioneer South African winery 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 reach 5°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.

With a soft and clean mouthfeel, the essence of Pinot Noir emerges strongly. Fine delicate aromas of watermelon, and blood orange, with a hint of grapefruit for a pleasant tartness.


Pairs so well with Confit Duck and grilled Plums and rich fig puddings.

CULTIVARS: Pinot Noir 75%Chardonnay 21%, Pinot Meunier 4%
VINTAGE: 2014 100%
ORIGIN: Plettenberg Bay 40%, Franschhoek 32%, Robertson 24%, Elgin 4%

Bottling Date: 01/12/2014
Disgorgement Date: 05/11/23
Sur latte /Maturation:10 years
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS: ALC: 11.44% RS: 6.2g/l TA:8.9g/L pH: 3.17

Weight 0.75 kg
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