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Van Loggerenberg 'Graft', Polkadraai Hills 2022

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Lukas' 'Graft' is quickly becoming one of South Africa's most sought-after syrahs and the 2022 is a stunner. Intense peppercorn notes on the nose compliment a full, rich and concentrated palate. Big, spicy tannins and great length will ensure this ages well.
Price: £33.00 Bottle
Price: £198.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SA20991

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2032
  • 14% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Van Loggerenberg Wines

Lukas van Loggerenberg is one of the latest generation of high flying young winemakers in The Cape. Encouraged by friend and mentor Chris Alheit amongst others, he took the plunge to go it alone, with the support of his wife Roxanne, releasing his first wines in the 2016 vintage. These tiny first releases met with immediate critical acclaim and both his reach and reputation have grown further since.

An extraordinarily modest and determined man - his Break a Leg cinsaut was named after just one of the harvest challenges he has faced in his short independent career - he makes his wines in an unglamorous farm shed on a Devon Valley hilltop. Grapes are sourced widely and nurtured, alongside the relationship with the growers on which so many independent winemakers depend, only to be left to express themselves fully by low intervention in the cellar. Each wine and label has its own back story.

We have been lucky enough to taste Lukas' wines from the start, initially in barrel, then bottles that were already gold dust, despite the fact that there simply wasn't enough for us to buy. A broader range and a little more volume in some cases meant we were able to buy in 2018 for the first time: 2017 Geronimo old vine cinsaut and the maiden 2017 Trust your Gut chenin blanc.

JancisRobinson.com

This was decanted so presumably it was a bit reduced. Pretty deep crimson. Seductively silky ripe fruit that I fear I may not immediately identify as Syrah if I were served this wine blind – it seems a...
This was decanted so presumably it was a bit reduced. Pretty deep crimson. Seductively silky ripe fruit that I fear I may not immediately identify as Syrah if I were served this wine blind – it seems a tad riper than northern Rhône Syrah, but there’s nothing wrong with that of course. Sweet start before some tobacco leaf and a convincingly dry finish. Definitely a food wine and definitely a wine with ambition. A light hint of liquorice and the glamour of well-grown Syrah on the mid-palate. Quite long.
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