NEW! Lukas Van Loggerenberg ‘Geronimo’ Cinsault, South Africa 2016

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NEW! 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. Unlike most, this is not really designed for drinking now and would benefit with a few years in bottle. First impressions: “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.”

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