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Lemberg Pinotage 2010

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Cherry bomb.

Tulbagh cellar Lemberg was established in 1978 by Janey Muller, one of the first female winemakers of the modern era and celebrated for her independent approach – varieties of choice were Hárslevelü and Sauvignon Blanc and she favoured fermentation and maturation in barrel as opposed to tank.

It’s been off the radar screen in recent times Henk du Bruyn, a doctor by profession, acquired it in 2007 and with emerging talent David Sadie as winemaker, Lemberg wines are set to enjoy more prominence.

Total plantings are currently 8ha and include Pinotage, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah while Viognier and Hárslevelü are also set to become part of the mix shortly.

Recent releases include a Sauvignon Blanc 2011, a Syrah Blanc de Noir 2011 and a Pinotage 2010. “I’m looking for natural freshness with lower alcohol levels making for more elegance,” says Sadie and the Sauvignon Blanc at 11.8% and the Blanc de Noir at 11.5% are both remarkably low in alcohol. Individual tasting notes and scores below:

Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Cellar price: R60
Pleasant green-tinged aromas on the nose. The palate is well balanced with lime fruit and moderate acidity. No great complexity but immensely likeable.
Score: 15/20

Syrah Blanc de Noir 2011
Cellar price: R50
Pale coral pink in colour. Subtle strawberry aroma and flavour. Light bodied and delicate with bright, refreshing line of acidity. Dry finish.
Score: 15/20

Pinotage 2010
Cellar price: R85
12 months in older 300-litre barrels. Red and black cherry aromas and flavours. Medium bodied and fresh. Fruit-driven but not sweet or facile. Slight spicy bite on finish adds interest.
Score: 15.5/20

To read about Sadie’s excellent own-label white blend, click here.

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