Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2019 Geronimo Cinsaut
This is the first time, the 2019 vintage, that we have been able to obtain an allocation of Lukas' old vine Cinsaut.
The wine has lustrous mid ruby/purple colour, with a nose which immediately brings to mind old vines for its hidden depths and layers. There are notes of black cherry jam with fragrant notes of tiger lillies. The palate is juicy and savoury and perfectly judged balance of tannins and acidity. The wine has the complexity of a top Chateauneuf, but not as heavy and rich as that: this is medium+ bodied, yet you can get lost it its layers of haunting aromatics.
In Lukas' words "The wine is made from 2 parcels, one vineyard was planted in 1978 and is situated in the Firgrove area in Stellenbosch. The other vineyard was planted in 1989 and is from the hills of Bottelary. The vineyard from the Firgrove area gives the wine its beautiful aromatics while the vineyards from the Bottelary hills gives the wine its great chalky tannin structure. These bush vines are dryland farmed. The soils are decomposed granite with under laying sandstone which gives this wine its elegance and finesse.
"The grapes were 100% whole bunch fermented. All grapes were left to ferment naturally with one punch down performed daily. The wines underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The barrels were blended together after 9 months in old French oak barrels and bottled right after. The cinsaut is bottled earlier than our other red wines to maintain the crunchy fruit vibrancy unique to Cinsaut."
Lukas Van Loggerenberg
Lukas van Loggerenberg is one of the latest additions to the club of, what I like to call, the 'New Wave': young producers who exploit the old vines and fabulous vineyards of the Cape. His debut vintage was 2016 and is already making a significant reputation for himself and his wines.
His first job was at Rijk’s in Tulbagh, after he graduated from Elsenburg college. Then, after spending two seasons on the Finger Lakes on the eastern side of the USA, he returned home to work at the relatively obscure Druk My Niet wine estate in Paarl. It was in late 2015 during a visit to France, that he made the decision to switch from being a salary-earner and into the terrifying if inevitable world of making his own wine.
So, in this large and remote shed, he produces his own wines in exchange for making a bit of (very good) Swartland Chenin for his landlord.
Lukas owns no vines, but his likeable disposition has enabled him to tap into some great fruit sources, some of which are shared by the great and the good of the SA wine industry.
At what was supposed to be the start of the first vintage in 2016 this new venture Lukas broke his knee-cap and had to undergo two major knee surgeries during harvest. But friends and family helped-out in the cellar, doing punch-downs whilst he was in hospital and arranging for a cellar hand to assist when he returned acting as an ‘extra set of legs’.” This support was part of the reason why Lukas decided to call one of his wines Kamaraderie, whilst the smashed knee-cap was undoubtedly the inspiration behind his rosé being called Break-a-Leg.
Devoted to expressing particular patches of earth, Lukas reminds visitors to his makeshift cellar that terroir is not everything and that some winemakers just have the touch and an instinct to make great wine. As a result, the relatively difficult 2016 vintage seems to have been successful for Lukas, partly due to the involvement he has within the vineyards he makes his wines from. It helps illustrate how he likes to think of himself as “a farmer rather than a winemaker”. All the wines are made without the aid of any additives, including commercial yeast.
|Style||Full Bodied Reds|
|Bottle Size||Standard Bottle 75cl|
|Producer||Lukas van Loggerenberg|
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