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Lanzerac Alma Mater White, Rosé and Red

October 12, 2013
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 2 Comments

Wyn vir die pyn.

Wyn vir die pyn.

Realising that packaging is part of branding, Lanzerac in Stellenbosch is rolling out a white and a red to join its entry-level rosé in its particular “tearshaped” bottle, the wines making up the “Alma Mater” collection – do you have to be a former Matie in order to drink it?

Lanzerac Alma Mater White 2013
Price: R50
Mainly Chenin Blanc, some Pinot Blanc. Neutral on the nose. Lightly fruity before a dry finish. Pretty uninspired.

80

Lanzerac Alma Mater Rosé 2013
Price: R50
From Shiraz and Malbec. Pale orange in colour. Wild strawberry aroma and flavour, bright acidity. No great detail but hides a residual sugar of 9 g/l well.

81

Lanzerac Alma Mater Red 2013
Price: R50
From Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Very primary with notes of red and black fruit. No great concentration and rather coarse tannins but good freshness.

81

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  1. JamesOctober 15, 2013 at 3:39 pmReply

    Is it just me, or does this range seems slightly out of place given the rest of Lazerac’s offering (wine, hotel etc.) ? I can’t see what benefit it brings to the estate; why would you want these wines associated with a premium brand?

    • Myrna RobinsOctober 15, 2013 at 6:53 pmReply

      two reasons, from what I remember Wynand Lategan telling me. One is the student connection being maintained as it was the US students watering hole for many years, so the range is geared toward them, and there is a second connection with US with a prof or former prof, whose name I cannot recall right now.

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