The 2016 vintage of the Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Lismore in Greyton makes for a decadent drinking experience. The nose displays heady floral perfume plus white peach and a little leesy complexity while the palate is sweet, rich and smooth textured. It’s a wine of real heft and definitely not an aperitif. Approximate retail […]
Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016 While many producers are inclined to treat Sauvginon Blanc as no more than a cash cow, Klein Constantia’s Matt Day approaches the variety with both rigour and enthusiasm. The result is a number of striking examples, […]
Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Sadie Family Wines Columella 2015 – 97 (read original review here) Lismore Reserve Chardonnay 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Dornier Siren Syrah 2015 – 95 (read orginal review here) ..
The Syrah 2016 from Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore sees her trademark refinement in evidence again after the more unrestrained 2015 (see here). From 50% Greyton and 50% Elgin, 40% underwent whole-bunch fermentation, the wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 225-, 300- and 500-litre barrels, 15% new. The nose shows cherry, raspberry […]
The Reserve Chardonnay 2016 from Greyton property Lismore is sensational. A barrel selection, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasting 11 months in 500-litre barrels, 40% new. The nose shows top notes of citrus blossom and dried herbs before lemon and green apple, the merest hint of vanilla and the tiniest touch of leesy complexity. […]
Previous vintages of the Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Lismore in Greyton have been pleasurable if somewhat idiosyncratic but winemaker Samantha O’Keefe has got it spot on in the case of the 2015. Including 20% of grapes from Bot River on account of her own vineyards bearing a particularly small crop, the wine was fermented […]
Starting in 2015, Tim Atkin MW and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton have taken it upon themselves to arrange a tasting where the best of South African wine are put up next to some leading examples from the rest of the world in order to facilitate discussion. The most recent event featuring […]
While the 2014 vintage of Syrah by Samantha O’Keefe under the Lismore label was a truly beautiful wine (see here), the 2015 (WO Cape South Coast and apparently made from 50% Greyton and 50% Elgin fruit) is still striking but less flawless. The nose is very heady – lots of black berries, black pepper, lilies […]