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Laibach Friedrich Laibach South Africa Simonsberg Stellenbosch 2001

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Black with red brick rim. Beautiful spicy and cigar box flavours supported by well-balanced oak. Hints of spice and black fruit with a rich, big textured, intense aftertaste. This wine is a combination of attractive fruit, depth and length with restrained power. A truly great wine - a Friedrich. Drink 2 - 8 years after the vintage. The 2001 vintage was characterized by very good growing conditions before the harvest. Cool nights during January and early February, together with dry and moderate conditions produced perfect berries for the harvest, which started early February and finished the first week of March. Grapes were handpicked in the early mornings, crushed, destemmed and pumped to open fermentation tanks. Fermentation lasted 10 - 12 days with regular manual punchdowns and pumpovers. Fermentation was followed by extended maceration before pressing. 1 - 2 day settling followed before filling new French oak barrels for the Malolactic fermentation. The wine aged 18 months in 80 % new French oak barrels before it was bottled with a light filtration during August 2002. This wine is our pride and is only produced in very limited and small quantities. This is the best that we can offer those selected few that will have the opportunity to enjoy this wine. Very strict selection from the best and oldest vineyards together with only the best French oak joins in combination to produce a true classic.

Region: South Africa

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  • 2001

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Color: Red
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At Laibach Vineyards we are committed to producing wines of outstanding quality, that best reflect the unique terroir and the microclimate of the Simonsberg ward near Stellenbosch, one of South Africa's prime wine-growing areas for noble cultivars. Therefore we use a blend of tradition and innovation, adhering to a philosophy of continuous improvement. The history of our wine farm can be traced... Read more
At Laibach Vineyards we are committed to producing wines of outstanding quality, that best reflect the unique terroir and the microclimate of the Simonsberg ward near Stellenbosch, one of South Africa's prime wine-growing areas for noble cultivars. Therefore we use a blend of tradition and innovation, adhering to a philosophy of continuous improvement. The history of our wine farm can be traced back until the year 1818. Originally named "Good Success" and owned by Dutchman Daniel Johannes van Ryneveld from Amsterdam, this vast farm extended to most of the catchment area in the valley enclosed by the Simonsberg, Kanonkop and Klapmutsberg. Later on it was divided in three farms: Warwick, De Goede Suces and the remainder of the farm Good Success, which has become Laibach in 1994, when entrepreneur Friedrich Laibach realized his 30-year dream of owning a vineyard. Today the deep red soils have been replanted with virus-free new clones and a new winery has been built. The picturesque Laibach vineyards are flanked by the renowned vineyards of Kanonkop, Warwick and Lievland. Ultimately, our wine quality is forever linked to the land where our grapes are grown. Site selection is essential in the making of fine wines, because flavour starts in the vineyards. The Simonsberg terroir with its lean deep red soils (Glovelly, Glenrosa) and cooling maritime winds from nearby False Bay is ideal for red wines of body and complexity. The unique meso-climate produces grapes of concentrated fruit and excellent structure. The various heights of our North-East facing vineyards ensure ripening at different times, allowing each vineyard block to be hand-harvested at optimum ripeness. Around the Simonsberg vineyards have been cultivated and wine made for over three centuries. The premium quality of the Simonsberg wines is proved by an array of awards. At harvest, we look for fully matured grapes. We then handle them with extreme care, gently moving them into the winery, where the whites are destemmed and pressed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The red grapes are also pampered. After careful selection the red grapes are fermented the traditional way in open fermenters with regular manual punch downs and pumpovers for 10-12 days. After an extended maceration before pressing and a setting the red wines are gently fed via gravity into our underground barrel maturation cellar, to be aged for 12-18 months in small oak barrels, where they undergo malolactic fermentation. We try to make wine in the most traditional and natural way while using the most advanced preserving technologies. We try to maximize soft handling and to make the best of what mother nature gives us on this unique viticultural terroir - wines that reflect both the identity of the different grape varieties and the terroir. Read less

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Snooth User: Noam
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5.00 5
12/09/2007

Amazing wine, interesting finish with taste of coal



Black with red brick rim. Beautiful spicy and cigar box flavours supported by well-balanced oak. Hints of spice and black fruit with a rich, big textured, intense aftertaste. This wine is a combination of attractive fruit, depth and length with restrained power. A truly great wine - a Friedrich. Drink 2 - 8 years after the vintage. The 2001 vintage was characterized by very good growing conditions before the harvest. Cool nights during January and early February, together with dry and moderate conditions produced perfect berries for the harvest, which started early February and finished the first week of March. Grapes were handpicked in the early mornings, crushed, destemmed and pumped to open fermentation tanks. Fermentation lasted 10 - 12 days with regular manual punchdowns and pumpovers. Fermentation was followed by extended maceration before pressing. 1 - 2 day settling followed before filling new French oak barrels for the Malolactic fermentation. The wine aged 18 months in 80 % new French oak barrels before it was bottled with a light filtration during August 2002. This wine is our pride and is only produced in very limited and small quantities. This is the best that we can offer those selected few that will have the opportunity to enjoy this wine. Very strict selection from the best and oldest vineyards together with only the best French oak joins in combination to produce a true classic.

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