Lukas Van Loggerenberg 2020 Trust Your Gut Chenin Blanc
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