2018 Cinsault 'Geronimo', Lukas van Loggerenberg

Delicate and pure, with notes of violets and plenty of fresh blue fruit. Silky acidity and such a nice wash of tannins, leading to a saline, moreish finish.

Critic score
94/100
Pricing
Bottle
In stock
£29.08
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£174.48

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2025
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12.5%
2018 Cinsault 'Geronimo', Lukas van Loggerenberg

TASTING NOTES

Close your eyes and you could almost be tasting a Nerello Mascalese here, such is the savoury, stony grip of this complex Cinsault from close to False Bay in Faure. Low in alcohol and fermented with 100% whole bunches, it has red cherry, earth and tobacco notes and saline acidity.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
94/100
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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