‘Pretty damn hot,’ says Christian Eedes raving about the latest releases from SA’s rising star and Young Gun, Lukas van Loggerenberg. We have to agree – these wines are going to become extremely sought-after.
The bar is set very high for local Chenin Blanc so it is exciting to find wines that surpass our current benchmarks. Lukas’ duo of Chenins are just spectacular while his three reds are remarkable in their stylistic variety, all showcasing his gentle, considered approach. A talent on the rise for sure! Because of their very limited production we sadly have to limit these wines to 6 bottles per person.
From Stellenbosch and Swartland, the Trust Your Gut Chenin Blanc 2017 brings together the best of both regions with its depth and focus. Like the Kameraderie Chenin Blanc 2017, which is from a remarkable single vineyard in Paarl, it shows an incredible deftness and sense of poise.
Joining a small group of our finest, most serious Cinsauts, the Geronimo Cinsaut 2017 shows lifted yet backward notes from the Stellenbosch fruit while the Paarl portion adds gravitas and grip to its refined palate.
The Breton Cabernet Franc 2017 is savoury, fresh and stunningly focused. It is one of only a handful of Loire-styled Cabernet Francs in SA. It is classic, herbaceous and fresh with sumptuously ripe tannins while being light on its feet. It is a must for anyone who is serious about Cabernet Franc.
The last red, the Graft Cinsaut Syrah 2017, was a firm favourite at the recent launch. It has the purity, complexity and depth of a Northern Rhône Syrah but with a just a touch of new-world exuberance. Just delicious!
Van Loggerenberg Wines, Trust Your Gut Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 365
45% Swartland grapes, 45% Polkadraai and 10% from the same Paarl block used for Kameraderie – this wine intended to be a ‘melting pot of great Chenin’ according to Van Loggerenberg. Matured for 10 months in old oak. Subtle but alluring notes of citrus, peach, dried herbs and earth on the nose. The palate is light-bodied but intensely flavoured with bright acidity and a savoury finish. Lovely detail – worthy of contemplation and yet oh, so easy to drink. Alc: 13%. – Chrisitian Eedes, 93/100
Van Loggerenberg Wines, Kameraderie Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 400
Grapes from a 2ha block in Paarl planted in 1960. Matured for 10 months in old oak. A haunting nose of citrus, peach, herbs and talcum powder. Once again, this wine impresses with how harmonious it is – pure fruit, coated acidity and great length. Intensely flavoured but remarkably light with no apparent gaps from entry through mid-palate to finish. ‘Effortless to make,’ says Van Loggerenberg as testament to the high quality of the fruit, and it shows. Alc: 13%. – Christian Eedes, 96/100
Van Loggerenberg Wines, Geronimo Cinsaut 2017 – R 260
From Cinsaut, 60% sourced from Stellenbosch and 40% from Paarl. Around 80% whole-bunch fermentation and matured in older oak. On the nose, notes of red cherry and raspberry plus hints of fynbos, earth and spice. Great fruit purity, fresh acidity and lovely crunchy tannins – perhaps a little more refined and delicate than the 2016 but this still manages to avoid being too ‘thin’. – Christian Eedes, 93/100
Van Loggerenberg Wines, Breton Cabernet Franc 2017 – R 365
Grapes from two sites in Stellenbosch. Partial whole-bunch fermentation before 10 months of maturation in old oak. Black cherry, violets, fresh herbs and a touch of earth on the nose. Medium bodied with lovely freshness and pleasantly grippy tannins. Balanced, nuanced and that much more obviously pleasurable than the 2016 vintage. Alc: 12.5%. – Christian Eedes, 93/100
Van Loggerenberg Wines, Graft Cinsaut Syrah 2017 – R 365
55% Cinsaut and 45% Syrah, both vineyards in Polkadraai, Stellenbosch. Both parcels underwent 100% whole-bunch fermentation before 10 months of maturation in old oak. A touch of reduction before red and black fruit, white pepper and cinnamon. Medium bodied and very approachable – juicy fruit and relatively soft tannins. – Christian Eedes, 92/100