This special release signature blend is a fitting tribute to the late Dr Julius Laszlö, the innovative, visionary Cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder who catapulted South African winemaking into the international league in the 1980s. Crafted from the finest barrels of noble varieties Dr Laszlö helped to establish in the Cape winelands, this full-bodied blend epitomises the Fleur du Cap 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 opulent Laszlo 2009 is a rich, powerful blend of 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 12% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. Each vineyard block was harvested after numerous visits to taste the grapes to evaluate the degree of ripeness. Once the grapes were deemed to have optimum flavours and deep colour intensity in balance with the sugar and acidity, the grapes were handpicked and carefully transported to the cellar.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were selected from a dryland vineyard situated on south-facing slopes high up on the Bottelary Hills, yielding 5 tons/ha. The Merlot grapes were selected from the same area, but on lower, north-facing slopes. The yield was 9 tons/ha. The Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes were selected from dryland vineyards established in 1998 on decomposed granite soils in Simondium. The Cabernet Franc comes from the warmer eastern side of Devon Valley. Maturation was in new French Oak for 28 months.
This great wine has an intense deep plum colour with a bright hue. The bouquet has rich, complex layers of cherries, plums and mixed berries with spicy notes from the time spent in oak. This melange of flavours comes through beautifully on the palate and melds seamlessly with superbly integrated oak nuances. Well-balanced, firm tannins lend structure and will soften with further maturation, boding well for excellent ageing potential.