2016 Cinsault 'Geronimo', Lukas van Loggerenberg

Juicy, silky, and very expressive, this is the wine that will change your opinion of Cinsault. There's lacy acidity, with floral complexity and just a hint of wild herbs. It's a standout effort from an up-and-coming star: it's just a shame so little was made.

Critic score
92/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
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£38.56

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Grape
    Cinsault
  • Maturity
    Ready 2017 - 2025
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    13%
2016 Cinsault 'Geronimo', Lukas van Loggerenberg

TASTING NOTES

“I didn’t want to do a tutti-fruity Cinsaut,” says Lukas van Loggerenberg, who sources these grapes from cooler climate Faure. It’s a fine, lightly wooded style, with lots of whole bunch spice, fine tannins and sappy red cherry and pomegranate flavours.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (October 2017)
93/100

The 2016 Geronimo is pure Cinsault that is matured naturally in used oak. It has a "flighty" bouquet with perfumed dark cherries and crushed strawberry that appears to gain more intensity with aeration. The palate is well balanced with ripe red cherry and cranberry notes, gaining more and more weight in the mouth as it opens, and dealing out a superb saline tang on the aftertaste. Don't be afraid to give this a 30-60 minute decant.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
91/100
Lukas van Loggerenberg

Lukas grew up in the Breedekloof valley, in South Africa’s bulk wine producing heartlands. But instead of wine, he’d always dreamed of being a doctor: the son of a single mother, financially this wasn’t viable. So he did a harvest at a local cooperative, which led to him going to Elsenberg to study winemaking.

He started his career working at a large estate, making oaky, heavily extracted wines - as far as you could imagine from his wines today. It was two harvests spent in the USA that opened Lukas’ eyes to fine wine, as he met people who opened bottles of top Burgundy and Bordeaux.

Drinking these made Lukas realise that these wines all had something in common: a sense of place, and the passion of the winemakers behind them. And that informs Lukas’ winemaking today. As he himself explains, “You can have the world’s best horse, but if you have a bad jockey it won’t win anything. A jockey’s job is like a winemaker’s - to guide that horse over the finishing line”.

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