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Lace by Almenkerk 2010

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Enticing.

Lace is historically associated with Bruges in Belgium, close to where owner/winemaker Joris van Almenkerk of the Elgin property that bears his surname hails from and hence the name of his new red blend .  There are many connotations to do with “lace” but in the case of this wine, it’s outright sexiness rather than intricacy or elegance.

A blend of 36% Shiraz, 28% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 1% Viognier, the 2010 spent 15 months in French oak. The nose is shy but the palate shows plenty of juicy fruit, more red than black. For an Elgin red, it’s unusually plush – alcohol by volume is 14.4% so harvest was certainly not too early and you suspect that there’s a touch of residual sugar in the mix. Tannins are hardly noticeable but there’s nice bright acidity which lends balance. Price per bottle is R75 – you’ll either love the fruit on this wine and think it’s a bargain or wish it had more structure and therefore R15 too expensive. My score: 15/20.

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