FLEUR DU CAP LASZLO 2006
South Africa's history of wine making dates back centuries and we produce some of the finest wines in the world. But what makes a wine stand out? What makes it truly great?
As Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night said, "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them." In the case of Fleur du Cap's Lazlo, greatness is something to aspire to, as it is only produced in exceptional years using a combination of the finest barrels of the vintage and varietals.
The wine celebrates a legend in the South African winemaking industry, Dr. Julius Laszlö - a creative innovator and revolutionary who was cellar master at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch from 1978 to 1992 - and who catapulted South African winemaking into the international league in the 1980s.
"For centuries, wine was considered the only cultural beverage among all drinks," said Dr. Laszlo, "It is the elixir stimulating the spirit, and awakening the creative forces of mankind."
This full-bodied blend epitomises Fleur du Cap's philosophy of meticulous selection and regional excellence. Allowing the unbridled expression of the grapes to dictate the style, this signature wine is shaped in perfect harmony with nature, resulting in a superb classic that abounds with fruit and flavour.
- The initial aromas of cedar and tobacco spice are enhanced by nuances of cinnamon and cloves.
- The spiciness is balanced with plum and fruit cake aromas, complemented by mint chocolate aromas.
- These flavours come across the palate with an elegant complexity that has a crisp acidity and racy tannins that will ensure that the wine matures well.
I like to serve Lazlo with strong flavours like beef, with a biltong spice crusted onion powder, springbok carpaccio with pomegranate or a stong cheese like Eppoisse with a dash of peach and caramel.