“Sub-100” (under a R100 a bottle retail) is fascinating market territory for me as I suspect it’s were most of the readers of this blog shop when looking for something to drink on a “school night”. The challenge is to find something characterful and the further under R100, the better. LAM is the second label from Lammershoek and I picked up a bottle of the Syrah 2011 from Liquor City Claremont for R67.99.
This is back-to-basics stuff with the grapes from organically farmed, unirrigated bush vines and the lightest touch in the cellar: 45% whole bunches, spontaneous fermentation in open-top concrete tanks, foot stomped, maturation in old barrels for seven months and then a further nine months in large concrete tanks.
Red fruit, fynbos, white pepper and an ever so slight stalkiness. Medium bodied with a saline finish. The entirely natural acidity is high at 7g/l but there’s a good core of fruit. Out of the ordinary compared to most other options at this price and definitely worth a whirl.