TThe town Prieska’s name is derived from the old Koranna words beris + gab, translating to ‘Place of the lost she-goat’. This wine celebrates Prieska as a new, unique wine…

TThe town Prieska’s name is derived from the old Koranna words beris + gab, translating to ‘Place of the lost she-goat’. This wine celebrates Prieska as a new, unique wine of origin region. – Lowerland

With the assistance of rock star winemakers, the passionate grape farmer Bertie Coetzee is putting Prieska on the map. SA’s wine industry is facing a multitude of challenges, especially those brought on by the drought, so the need for discovering new, uncharted and sustainable regionshas never been greater. The latest releases of small-batch Lowerland wines have that pioneering spirit about them.

The Tolbos Tannat 2016, made by Lukas Van Loggerenberg, is special. Tannat is a variety best-known for its muscular tannins but in Lukas’s hands we see something fresher and more refined with a savoury spine and Lukas’s trademark poise. It is a unique and, sadly, very limited wine. The Witgat Viognier 2017, crafted by the experienced winemaker JD Pretorius, is one of the finest Viogniers we’ve tasted. Once again limited, it offers refinement over fruit-weight with just a touch of oak.

If it is value that you are after, then look no further than the juicy Die Verlore Bokooi 2016 (the lost she-goat), a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Shiraz. It offers loads of sumptuous, ripe fruit and is a great winter-warmer. It hits the spot at just R110 per bottle.

The Lowerland offering is rounded out with two exciting takes on Colombard. JD adds his bubbly-making acumen to the range with the Colombard MCC 2016. This complex MCC is Brut Nature in style and spends 14 months on the lees. It has all the expressive fruit of Colombard while being balanced by fresh and zippy acidity. The Vaalkameel Colombard 2017, also made by Lukas, is an unique take on the grape variety. It is compellingly fresh with no oak influence and is just a pure expression of the grape.

Tasting notes:

Lowerland, Die Verlore Bokooi 2016 – R 110
Thoroughly enjoyable blend with spicy & leathery notes from Shiraz complementing the cooked red and black fruit aromas, classical to Bordeaux cultivars. Strong hints of mint and eucalyptus freshens up the palate and transports you to a shady spot under the eucalyptus trees bordering our vineyards. The town Prieska’s name is derived from the old Koranna words beris + gab, translating to ‘Place of the lost she-goat’. This wine celebrates Prieska as a new, unique wine of origin region. The cross stitch label design links us to the history of the town and our family love of original, handmade, art, craft and design. Enjoy with good company and a Rietskaap tjoppie sizzling on the fire. – Lowerland

Lowerland, Witgat Viognier 2017 – R 175
Fine nuances of orange blossom, lime and nectarines on the nose. Elegant palate with well integrated acidity and edges smoothed over by light touch of wood. Good concentration of fruits and a lengthy palate with lingering chalky tannins. Pairs well with seafood, light curries and fruity preserves. – Lowerland

Lowerland, Tolbos Tannat 2016 – R 310
Tantalising dark red fruit flavours followed by soft spiciness on the nose and concentrated full flavoured palate. The fine balance between tannins and fresh acidity creates a beautiful lengthy finish. Will go well with slow cooked stews such as oxtail or Osso Bucco. – Lowerland

Lowerland, Vaalkameel Colombard 2017 – R 310
A compelling nose of fynbos and honey with hints of almond husk, red apple and subtle lime notes. A full, broad entry on the palate with the acidity adding length and drawing aromas through from the hose with a captivating concentration of fruit (apple and lime) to the end. Pairs well with rich cheese or a creamy dessert offset by bitter orange and nutty flavours. – Lowerland

Lowerland, Colombard MCC 2016 – R 230
A fresh nose of red apple and nectarine. Great acidity but light on the palate. A beautiful balancing act between the sweet fruit flavours characteristic of Colombard and the token high acidity of Lowerland’s grapes. – Lowerland

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