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Lanzerac Wine Estate lies very close to my heart and I am a huge fan of their wines, crafted by Cellar Master Wynand Lategan. Please hashtag me #winewithelmarie when you try my wine recommendations. I would love to hear from you and see what you are enjoying. Cheers!!

Le Général 2014

Wine of Origin Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

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.

This blend, made from 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Pinotage, 13% Shiraz, 7% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot, was matured in a combination of new and 2nd fill 300 litre French oak barrels for a period of 20 months. Enjoy with roast beef, venison, wild pheasant, red wine reductions, hearty peppercorn sauce.

Accolades:
4  Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2016
Gold Medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016

Viticulture

The Lanzerac Le Général 2014 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage, Petit
Verdot, Malbec and Shiraz. Grapes for this red blend come from the best estate vineyards for each
variety. All harvesting and pruning is done by hand. Extreme care is taken not to damage grapes
and only healthy grapes are picked. Harvesting of the 2014 vintage took place from middle
February to end of March.

Vinification

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.

Cellar Master’s comments

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.

Food suggestions 

Enjoy with roast beef, venison, wild pheasant, red wine reductions and fillet of beef with a hearty
peppercorn sauce.
Alcohol:  14,63%
Residual sugar:  3,5%
Total acidity:  6,2%
pH:  3,49

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