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La Bri Affinity 2012

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Pulchritudinous.
Pulchritudinous.

Franschhoek winery La Bri features botanical line drawings on its labels and the series won silver at the recent Wine Label Design Awards.

What of the wines? The Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 rated 5 Stars in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Report and Irene Waller, who became winemaker here from Graham Beck in late 2010 is enthusiastic about the potential of the property.

Of the current release reds, the Affinity 2012 (which features a flower called the Wine Cup (Geissorhiza radians) on the label and sells for R110 a bottle), appeals on account of its elegance.

A blend of 52% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, it was matured for 20 months in French oak, 51% new. On the nose, red and black fruit, some attractive oak character, the vaguest hint of fresh herbs and mint which entirely suit the wine. The palate meanwhile is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. As pretty as the label.

Score: 88/100.

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