Zonnebloem Lauréat | Our Flagship Full-Bodied Red Blend


The Zonnebloem Lauréat is a time-honoured Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and the flagship of the Zonnebloem range. Richly coloured, full-bodied and generous, it is velvet on the palate with an explosion of fruit and a hint of spice. Enjoy with rich game dishes, casseroles, roasts and hearty cheeses. The 2016 vintage is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

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Annelie Viljoen (Viticulturist) The grapes were sourced from trellised, dryland and irrigated vineyards in the Jonkershoek, Devon Valley, Stellenbosch Kloof and Helderberg areas. Some of the vines are grown under dryland conditions while others are irrigated. Mostly south-west facing, they derive the maximum benefit from cooling maritime breezes that contribute to slow ripening of the grapes and concentrated fruit flavours. Yields averaged 8 to 10 tons per hectare.
Deon Boshoff (Cellar Master) / Bonny van Niekerk (Winemaker) The grapes from the four cultivars used in the blend were harvested at 24˚ to 25˚ Balling and vinified separately. After crushing the juice was cold-soaked for a few days to ensure maximum colour extraction while limiting the extraction of harsh tannins. During the first three days of fermentation, the skins were vigorously punched down while from the fourth day the fermenting wine was aerated. After fermentation the free-run wine was drawn off into 300-litre barrels and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. Thereafter the different wines were tasted and the type of wood for maturation selected based on the style of the wine. The barrels were a combination of first- and second-fill French and Hungarian oak. After 14 months a final selection of the best barrels was made and the wine blended and bottled.
Colour Intense ruby red. Bouquet Enticing aromas of ripe plums, berries and Turkish delight chocolate, followed by a hint of spice and black pepper nuances. Palate A full-bodied, fruit-driven wine with abundant flavours of red berries, plums, blackcurrant, hints of dark chocolate and cedar wood. The structure is well-balanced with juicy, yet firm tannins and a long, lingering finish.
Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with game or red meat dishes as well as mature cheeses with robust flavours.
Alcohol 14,41% by volume Residual sugar 2,61 g/l Total acidity 5,69 g/l pH 3,59

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Our attention to detail and appreciation of the hand of time lie behind this selection of excellent South African wines.Whether you're a lover of a crisp Sauvignon Blanc on a summer's day or more into cosy fireside Merlots, browse our list of excellent Zonnebloem wines below to find something to suit your taste.
  • Red Wine 6
  • White Wine 2
  • Limited Edition 6