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Starlette Rouge Franschhoek

Starlette Rouge Franschhoek

Story of the wine:
South African wines have been steadily improving in quality over the last 25 years and the reds are focussed on Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The name of the winery, Allee Bleue, refers to the statuesque blue eucalyptus trees that line the entrance and the estate, which goes back to the French Huguenots in the late 17th century, has been recently revived. The Starlette range from Allee Bleue represents what the winery considers to be their easy drinking value for money wines.


Grape(s): 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Shiraz/Syrah 30% Merlot
Area: Allee Bleue winery in Franschhoek
Training system: VSP (vertical shoot positioned) trellising
Vines per ha.: 2,500 vines per ha.
Yield hl/ha: Cabernet Sauvignon 70, Merlot 110, Shiraz 147
Av. age of vines: 14 years old
Vinification: There is a cold soak at 70C for 3 days and then a 10 day fermentation at 240C. The malolactic fermentation is undertaken
Ageing: The Merlot is aged in second and third year barrels of 225 litres from French oak for 12 months and the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in tanks on French oak staves for 12 months.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Regional dish Rosemary and red wine braised lamb shank ravioli, with
for this wine rosemary cream and deep fried garlic
recommended by
the producer:


Descriptions for Wine List
1) A fruity and slightly spicy nose is backed up by a soft flavour in the mouth with berry fruit tones.


2) South African wines are still under-rated. This is from Franschhoek district one of the oldest in the country and from a consistently good winery. A fruity and slightly spicy nose is backed up by a soft flavour in the mouth with berry fruit tones.

Country: South Africa
Region: Groot Drakenstein - South Africa
Grape: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Shiraz/Syrah 30% Merlot
Product code: 7201
Pack size: 6x75cl

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Producer details

  • Producer: Allee Bleue
  • Producer website: http://www.alleebleue.co.za/
  • The name of the winery, Allee Bleue, refers to the statuesque blue eucalyptus trees that line the entrance and the estate, which goes back to the French Huguenots in the late 17th century, has been recently revived. The Starlette range from Allee Bleue represents what the winery considers to be their easy drinking value for money wines.

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