Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2020 Graft Syrah
Lukas is gaining quite a reputation for his Syrah grown on the granite slopes (just like parts of Hermitage) of Polkadraai Hills between Cape Town and Stellenbosch. The fruit was 100% whole bunch fermented and left to start fermenting naturally with one punch down per day performed. After pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The barrels were blended together after 10 months in barrel and bottled right after.
The wine is dark and sensuous with notes of red pepper, smoked meat, violets and black olives. The brilliance of this wine has not gone unnoticed by our illustrious wine press, in particular Jancis Robinson MW from the Financial Times who names Lukas, with this wine in particular, as one of the 'Stars of Tomorrow'.
The 2020 is dark and sensuous with notes of red pepper, smoked meat, violets and black olives
""You can smell the grapes from 100 yards away," says Lukas van Loggerenberg of this unique Polkadraai Hills Syrah, which comes from a vineyard at a comparatively elevated 300 metres. With aromas of pine, lavender and black pepper, you can see what he means. The palate is meaty yet fresh, with granitic bite and grip, intense tannins and wonderful palate length. A stunning release. 2023-29". Tim Atkin MW, South African Wine Report 2021, 97 Pts