Lukas van Loggerenberg – Star winemaker’s latest releases

Lukas van Loggerenberg

Star winemaker’s latest releases

Just a few years back, Lukas van Loggerenberg's star was rising. It now shines brightly. His wines are made with real intention. Recently settling into his own cellar space has allowed for nuanced improvements to his winemaking, and this – combined with an excellent vintage – has resulted in a stellar set of wines.

These are small batch wines that showcase the skillset of a very talented winemaker.

This vintage sees the release of two exciting new wines. The Lötter Cinsaut 2021 is from a vineyard planted in Franschhoek in 1932. The wine is beautiful, with aromatic depth and fine tannins that only old vines can bring. Joining this release is a blend of 86% Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. The High Hopes 2021 is all about fruit purity, with Syrah very much at the fore. It's a well-balanced wine that offers earlier drinking.

Trust your Gut Chenin Blanc 2021's finessed, coiled and precise power shows the class of the vintage and needs a year in the cellar to show off its full potential. Limited this vintage.

The Kameraderie Chenin Blanc 2021, now from a Paardeberg vineyard, is 'a beautifully poised wine if still very tightly wound', says Christian Eedes. Like its sibling above, this is one for the cellar.

The Geronimo Cinsaut 2021 has more clarity and definition in this vintage. It 'combines delicacy and energy to good effect', according to Christian, and has lots of perfume and savoury complexity.

One of the standout wines of the release, the Breton Cabernet Franc 2021 is all about balanced perfume, freshness, and fruit purity. The light-footed palate has a dry, defined structure and great length. This is one SA's premier expressions of Cabernet Franc.

Impressive as always, the Graft Syrah 2021, sadly down in production, has been fully allocated. 'A statuesque wine – muscular but not bulky', writes Christian.

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