2019 Chenin Blanc 'Trust Your Gut', Lukas van Loggerenberg

Trust your Gut is Lukas’ attempt “to make the perfect western cape Chenin”. In 2019 it’s 73% from the Paardeberg, from next door to Eben Sadie’s farm, which brings texture and tension, and 27% from the granite soils of Stellenbosch’s Polkedraai, which brings intense yellow fruit. The name refers to the importance of the picking date for these grapes: in the 2019 vintage, Lukas has got it spot on. This has lovely green pineapple notes, with loads of savoury elements, plenty of salinity, and a slightly creamy, zesty finish.

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  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2030
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    Bottle (75cl.)
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2019 Chenin Blanc 'Trust Your Gut', Lukas van Loggerenberg


The 2019 Trust Your Gut is aged in used French oak for 11 months. It has an attractive nose, muted at first but revealing attractive honeysuckle and peach skin notes with aeration. The palate is well balanced with fine definition and quite gras in style. Touches of dried quince and caffe latte emerge toward the finish.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (April 2021)
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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