Yesterday I met David Sadie of Tulbagh cellar Lemberg to look at some new wines to be released soon.
Lemberg Harslevelu 2012
Grapes from nearby Montpellier. Aged in old 500-litre barrels for 11 months. Peach and slight yeasty note on a generally shy nose. The palate has a nice plumpness about it with soft but sufficient acidity. Quite delicate overall.
Lemberg Lady 2012
Named after the owner’s bulldog. 57% Viognier, 22% Harslevelu, 11% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon. Aged in old 500-litre barrels for 11 months. Apple, peach and spice on the nose. Lands with some weight on the palate but then the snappy acidity kicks in and the finish is long and dry. Cleverly assembled.
Lemberg Pinot Noir 2012
From a 2ha block inter-planted with Pinotage, Sadie having separated out the two varieties. “A challenge to farm,” he says. Aged in a combination of older 225-litre, 300-litre and 500-litre barrels for 12 months. Dark fruit plus a slight earthy note on both nose and palate. Appears quite ripe and extracted. More “Tulbagh dry red” than a true Pinot but it possesses enough interest to justify the price tag.
Lemberg Spencer 2011
From Pinotage. 19 months in 225-litre and 300-litre barrels, a third new. Attractive nose showing plums, black cherry and a little floral perfume. Plenty of ripe, sweet fruit, gentle acidity and fine tannins.