Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2020 Trust Your Gut Chenin Blanc

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Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2020 Trust Your Gut Chenin Blanc is available to buy in increments of 6

We have just one Chenin Blanc to offer from Lukas van Loggerenberg this year, as no Kameraderie was made. We have turned our attention to his other Chenin, Trust Your Gut. Lukas's inspiration for this wine comes from "We all have this inner instinct telling us what to do and sometimes you really just have to trust your gut to tell you what the right move is. I sourced grapes from special vineyards to use in this blend, which I believe is a great example of a wine that is made up of components that come together to provide a wine that is greater than the sum of its individual parts".

Lukas sources the grapes for this wine from two regions. The biggest portion, 60%, of the wine is sourced from a block in the Paardeberg (Swartland) and 40% from the Polkadraai hills of Stellenbosch .The Paardeberg portion is from bush vine grapes planted on decomposed granite giving the wine its elegance, finesse and focus.The portion from the Polkadraai is planted on Granite and lends characteristics of yellow fruit and depth to the wine.

The parcels are vinified separately before being blended together just before bottling. Grapes are whole bunch pressed and left overnight to settle in stainless steel tanks. The wine is the racked to 3rd fill 500 litre French oak the next morning. The wine spent 10 months on its primary lees without any batonage. No commercial yeast or enzymes were used during the winemaking process.

"With no Kamaraderie made in 2020, this is Lukas van Loggerenberg's only current release of Chenin Blanc. Possessing remarkable tautness and minerality, it's a Loire Valley-like blend of fruit from the Paardeberg and Polkadraai Hills with bone-dry flavours of greengage, white pepper and beeswax and a stony, mouth-watering finish. 2022-27" Tim Atkin MW, South African Wine Report 2021, 93 Pts

Grape Varieties
Maturity

Drink 2022 - 2028

Viticulture

Conventional

Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 13%

The Country

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is developing at break-neck speed, so much so that I find it difficult to keep up with all the new, young, driven producers making the next big thing from old-vine Chenin or Chenin blends. There are many high points in our range, but worthy of particular mention are the cool, coastal wines of Newton Johnson, makers of Noble Grape’s favourite best value Pinot Noir, and the quite incredible wines of Chris Williams from The Foundry. From time to time we will have parcels of the aforementioned parcel wines, so keep checking out our latest releases.

The Producer

Lukas Van Loggerenberg

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.

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