NEW! Lukas Van Loggerenberg ‘Graft' Syrah, Polkadraai Hills, South Africa 2018

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NEW! Lukas Van Loggerenberg ‘Graft' Syrah, Polkadraai Hills, South Africa 2018

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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. Within a few years, Lukas has become synonymous with South Africa’s ‘New Wave’ and we now have to fight for an allocation!

His ‘Graft’ Syrah from the Polkadraai Hills, just outside Stellenbosch, is a thing of great beauty, evoking purple flower petals in its upper register, black cherry in its middle register and sweet spice in its lower register. It’s a wonderfully authentic Syrah. In fact, you could say there’s nothing falsetto about it. No? OK, moving on. There’s a wonderful inner perfume that suffuses the dark, mellifluous fruit, bringing exotic seduction to a grape than can taste monolithic in the wrong hands. It’s 100% whole bunch-fermented, which brings a sappy, juiciness to the wine, and aged for 11 months in French oak which softens and sweetens the crunchy young berries that dominate at this stage. 13.5% alc. Drink 2021-2030.

Press review:

Jancis Robinson: “One of the highest vineyards in the area at 300 m. 100% whole bunch and some new oak. Lifted and perfumed like the best northern Rhône Syrah but it’s no imitation. Peony, black fruit, pepper. On the palate, wonderfully dry texture, the oak in the background. The texture is infused with the perfume from the beginning to the long finish. Dark, chalky finesse at the very end. (JH) 13.5%. Drink 2021-2028.” 17.5 points

Tim Atkin MW: “Graft is produced from the same block as Reenen Borman's Sons of Sugarland Syrah - he and Lukas van Loggerenberg are great friends - and provides further proof that it's a great site. Peppery, sappy and very lightly wooded, it has fynbos and garrigue scents and thrilling poise and finesse. 2021-S028.” 94 points

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