Lanzerac Le General (Red Blend) 2015
After the First World War, the owner of this beautiful Stellenbosch wine farm renamed it Lanzerac, in honour of the renowned French General Lanrezac. This war veteran was famous for his aggressive attitude and determination during the Aisne-Marne battle in 1918, which marked the series of offensives that finally won the Allied Forces the war. That is where the name Le Général 2014 is derived from.
This blend, made from 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 12% Shiraz, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec and 6% Shiraz was matured in a combination of new and 2nd fill 300 Liter French oak barrels for a period of 20 months. The six varietals were individually fermented and matured before careful blending and bottling. The Lanzerac Le Général is a limited barrel selection of the best red wine of a particular vintage.
This full-bodied Cabernet-based blend announces vanilla and nutmeg spice before a flood of dark berries, cooked plums and blackcurrants assail the palate. Dark chocolate and hints of smoke is supported by sturdy smooth tannins and an endless finish. The Le Général has the potential to mature over a five to ten year period and will only get better with time.
Enjoy with roast beef, venison, wild pheasant, red wine reductions and fillet of beef with a hearty peppercorn sauce.