Vintage Cuvée Agrafé 2013 – Tirage Liége – 750ml

The Prestige Agrafé is the best of the best! The Vintage Cuvée blend is selected from the best parcels of the vintage. 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 re-corked for release under the same staple used for fermentation.

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Le Lude pioneered the use of 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. With minimal pressure at pressing, only the first juice will be used in the Vintage Cuvée.

This gentle free run juice is fermented in stainless-steel tanks and a small fraction in third to fourth fill French oak barrels. Every batch is kept separate to ensure terroir specificity. Minimal lees contact is given and malolactic is prevented during winemaking to preserve fruit purity and linear structure.

During blending, the winemaker uses different components of base wines to portray a final blend of finesse and refined structure, with an excellent age ability.

The Vintage Cuvée is left undisturbed in our cool, underground cellars on its secondary lees to age for a minimum of seven years. 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 added before the wine is sealed with cork and Agrafé.

Rich brioche and nutty aromas on the nose, carried by length and linearity on the palate. The cork closure during secondary fermentation improves the mousse and protects the acidity. It is subtle and broadly nuanced with clean, rounded mouth feel; very chic.

CULTIVARS: Chardonnay 57%, Pinot Noir 41%, Pinot Meunier 2%
VINTAGE: 2013 100%
ORIGIN: Robertson 39%, Bonnievale 32%, Franschhoek 29%

Bottling Date: 2013/06/14
Disgorgement Date: 2021/05/28
Sur latte / Maturation: 96 months
CHEMICAL ANALYSIS: ALC: 11,89% RS: 6.7g/l TA: 8,4g/L pH: 3,14

Weight 0.75 kg
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