Frederiksdal Sur Lie Vin Af Kirsebaer NV, Harpelunde, Denmark
Sweet cherry wine, 50cl. Full bodied 100% Stevnsbaer cherry from Harpelunde, Denmark. 14.0% ABV.
The French term ‘sur lie’ means that wine is left to rest on its sediment, or residual yeast particles, for an extended period. The method of allowing wine to be in contact with the spent yeast is primarily one used in the French province of Champagne. It produces a richer and deeper tasting wine. The Sur Lie is aged in French oak casks, between 225 and 450 litres in volume, and is the result of an amalgamation of 2-3 different vintages. The amalgamation of mature and young vintages lends this wine a further degree of complexity: the younger vintages provide fresh and subtle fruity notes, while the mature ones provide more complex tones. This really is a nuanced wine and one that is a perfect companion to plain chocolate, marinated berries, cakes and, not least, dessert dishes such as risalamande. Sur Lie benefits from a period of decanting before serving. You can leave the wine open in a cool place for a few months.
Producer Profile Frederiksdal
The estate dates back to 1305 with the white main building being built in 1756. Frederiksdal becoming a winery happened almost by accident. Estate owner, Harald Krabbe had 24 hectares of Stevnsbaer cherries, which were sold to the fruit juice industry. One day Harald received a visit from chef Jan Friis-Mikkelsen and journalist Morten Brink Iwersen, who had heard of the excellent cherries of the region - and who had vast knowledge of wine production. The three men made a decision. In the future, the excellent cherries were to be refined at Frederiksdal. Harald set out to learn more about wine production by visiting some of the very best winemakers in Europe.
Together, the three men have developed new methods for production of cherry wine, which many wine reviewers have hailed as breakthrough for the Danish wine production. And today there is a total of 44 hectares of Stevnsbaer cherries at Frederiksdal. The location of the estate on Lollnad's westernmost top, right next to the Langeland Strait, is ideal for cherry production. The climate is perfect. The sun is reflected in the sea. Winter is mild and spring comes early. This all contributes to a long growing season, resulting in great flavours and complexity of the cherries. Only the small, black Danish Stevnbaer cherry, referred to by fruit experts as the Nordic grape, in turn, excellent for wine production. Stevnbaer cherries are found in several parts of Northern Europe, but the Danish berries are the very best.