Originally conceived as an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon-based, wood-matured blend, Chateau Libertas is still made with the same objectives. However, these days it has more of a ripe berry fruit profile to suit contemporary tastes.
Those who have been involved in making the blend will attest that there has never been a fixed recipe. “The overriding criterion has always been to remain loyal to the original intention of the wine, which is to please with an approachable, well-balanced and layered combination of fruit, wood and the structure to age,” says brand marketing spokesperson Jackie Olivier.
The current blend still features Cabernet Sauvignon but also Shiraz, Merlot, Ruby Cabernet and even Petit Verdot. Olivier says, “Everybody loves its open-hearted burst of juicy ripe fruit backed by a touch of wood. Smooth and delicious, it makes a great match with so many foods. Try it with smoked meats, hearty pastas, pizza, grills, roasts, casseroles and stews.”
Chateau Libertas is believed to be South Africa’s oldest red blend and celebrates its 80th birthday this year. The wine is sold nationally and retails for around R34 a bottle.