Orange River Cellars’ highly rated Lyra wine range has received a welcome addition with the just-released Lyra Quasar, the first white wine to join the Lyra family and made from one of the white grape varieties Orange River is best-known for: Colombard.
The wine is appropriately named after the noun for a massive and extremely remote celestial object: “brightest object in the universe”, emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy, which typically has a star-like image when viewed through a telescope. And as anyone who has experienced the star-lit night sky over Orange River Cellars’ vineyards in the Northern Cape can attest to, the name is as appropriate as the wine is delicious.
The Colombard grapes for the Lyra Quasar were harvested from specially selected vineyards growing in the alluvial soils known for providing wines with crisp, fresh acidity and complex grape varietal expression which include delectable notes of guava, passion fruit and gooseberry. Deliciously bone-dry, this wine is ready to drink immediately but will gain extra depth of flavour and palate weight over the next three years, making it a true premium proposition from Orange River Cellars and a collectors’ item.
Although just-released, the Lyra Quasar already has a commendable pedigree, having won the South African National Champion Trophy for Other White Cultivars at last year’s SA Young Wine Show.
Only 12 000 bottles were made, each being individually numbered. The wine is exclusively available at the Orange River Cellars Tasting Centre in Upington or very soon via the on-line store on www.orangeriverwines.com.