Lukas van Loggerenberg – One of SA's greatest young winemakers
Lukas van Loggerenberg
One of SA's greatest young winemakers
It seems like yesterday that Young Gun, new-wave releases were shaking up the SA wine landscape and resetting the fine wine aesthetic. Often harnessing old vines, their simpler winemaking philosophy led to more pure, honest and characterful wines. These 2019s are just the 4th vintage from Lukas van Loggerenberg – a superstar who is now firmly established as one of SA’s greatest young winemakers.
A notch-up on the 2018s, the diverse 2019 releases are more elegant, extremely precise and wonderfully deep. The Trust Your Gut is a benchmark Cape Chenin Blanc from Swartland and Stellenbosch and offers incredible drinkability in its youth. The richer Kameraderie, from 60-year-old Paarl vines, is more opulent and will take some time to show its best. Both are at the pinnacle of Chenin Blanc.
The Geronimo is one of SA’s best Cinsauts. Offering more serious, tightly coiled fruit, it shifts away from the ‘easy-going’, ‘tutti-frutti’ styles. The tannins are remarkably fine and the purity and poise suggest long-ageing potential. Probably his finest Breton yet, the 2019 shows Chinon-like flavours but with more power and concentration. This wine helps redefine Cabernet Franc in SA.
The Graft, from the now-famous Polkadraai Karibib vineyard, is a game-changing Stellenbosch Syrah. Aged in old oak barrels, it is brooding and mineral with Rhône-like florals and new-world spice. It is, unfortunately, limited to 3 bottles per person.
Lastly, we have the Break a Leg Cinsaut Blanc de Noir, which is one of the most sophisticated and popular rosés on the market.
Watch the video below for a discussion on the new Van Loggerenberg releases. These wines will, of course, be delivered as soon as possible post lockdown.