Lukas Van Loggerenberg ‘Geronimo’ Cinsault, South Africa 2016

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Lukas Van Loggerenberg ‘Geronimo’ Cinsault, South Africa 2016

24.50

When Chris Alheit introduces a new winemaker who he says is one to look out for, then people necessarily sit up and take notice. That was what happened when Chris contacted his old friend and UK importer, Richard Kelley, with an email that simply said “Richard meet Lukas, Lukas meet Richard”. Richard caught the next plane out to The Cape and the rest is history. Lukas works out of a shed on Neil Ellis’s property and has only made a few barrels of his debut releases, but the wines are already turning heads. Lukas doesn't own any vines, but his sunny disposition has won people over and 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.

Geronimo represents four barrels from two parcels of Cinsault, half from 30 year old vines on the Bredell farm in Faure, with the balance from 45 year-old material on Jacobsdal in Polkadraai. It was the ever-supportive Chris Alheit who contributed a barrels-worth of his own grapes as a birthday present to Lukas. If your experience to date is of fruity, simple modern Cinsault from the Cape, you can be reassured that this example is altogether more serious. A lot of stems are included in the fermentation, but this is not obvious in aroma or vinous character. Our tasting note says: “Pale and not unlike a serious Beaujolais on the nose. Very subtle and elegant with molten cherry and red plum infused with bark/wood, pithy tannins that lend some gravitas and structure. Very stylish! Drink 2018-2027.”


Press reviews:

Decanter: “Divinely perfumed nose: floral, fresh and sappy with bright cherry and strawberry. There’s a sweet redcurrant note with a touch of tartness and subtle spices on the palate, plus delicate fine tannins. This has wonderful poise, tension and a long, clean, sapid finish. Drink 2018-2023.” 93 points

Tim Atkin MW: “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.” 93 points

The Wine Advocate:
“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.” 91 points

The Wine Advocate (Neal Martin): “Every visit to South Africa I ask a young respected winemaker for a name of a young gun that they think is making exciting wine. There were two names that kept cropping up: Jocelyn Hogan and Lukas Van Loggerenberg. A quick request to Wines of South Africa later and I was: a) pleased to find that Lukas had delivered four wines to my tasting; and b) they were great, apart from the 100% Cabernet Franc, the Breton, which seemed to be not performing on the day. Otherwise, it was clear that Lukas is a talented winemaker. I particularly took a shine to his Chenin Blanc and Cinsault, like all his wines, sourced from old vine parcels and undergoing a very straightforward, non-interventionist winemaking approach.

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