The flagship wine of the Laibach range. It is a classic blend of five Bordeaux varietals and represents the best 18 barrels of the vintage. If team Laibach is not absolutely 100% convinced with the quality of the specific vintage, they do not bottle the wine. It is for this reason that you will not find a 2002 or a 2004 vintage of this great organic wine anywhere – they did not find these vintages good enough to be labelled Friedrich. It is also their philosophy that the blend can change a lot and they are under no obligation to stick with percentages. Each block is fermented separately in small open top fermentation vessels. Here they can see which tanks have the potential to be labelled as Friedrich. All components undergo malolactic fermentation in small tight grain French oak barrels. The final blend is made after 10-12 months and then the blend is aged for another year in oak. Filtering will only occur in some years.
Deep, dark intense colour. Classy herbal notes with hints of cassis, young leather and some pencil shavings. Some classy oak evident, but well defined with length and classy, almost grainy Laibach tannin. Palate is still vibrant and tight, but with loads of potential. A real statement wine about Simonsberg-Stellenbosch terroir. A wine with no sell buy date and with the potential to improve for the next 10-15 years.
REVIEWS & AWARDS
Silver Medal, Wine Style Asia Awards 2010