Lukas Van Loggerenberg ‘Geronimo’ Cinsault, South Africa 2017

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Lukas Van Loggerenberg ‘Geronimo’ Cinsault, South Africa 2017

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 makes a few barrels of wine, but they are already turning heads. He 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. 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 2019-2028.”


Press review:

Jancis Robinson: “Wonderful fruit, bright raspberry and dark-chocolate flavours with delicate structure but superb layers of fruit. So thirst-quenching! Drink 2018-2028.” 17 points

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