Lammershoek new releases
By Christian Eedes, 15 October 2021
Swartland property Lammershoek has undergone an extended period of change including German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer stepping away from ownership to be replaced by fellow countryman Andreas Abold while head winemaker Schalk Opperman left for Quoin Rock in Stellenbosch to be replaced by understudy Jorrie du Plessis. The team is hoping for more stability with the release of the 2018 vintage, tasting note and ratings as follows:
Lammershoek Blanc Reserve 2018
52% Chenin Blanc, 19% Viognier, 16% Marsanne and 13% Chardonnay. Yellow peach, naartjie, hay, dried herbs plus some waxy, yeasty notes on the nose. The palate shows good depth of fruit and texture offset by tangy acidity before an intensely savoury, even slightly bitter finish.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
Lammershoek Chenin Blanc Reserve 2018
Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1968. Stone fruit, hay, a little earthiness plus some leesy complexity on the nose while the palate is rich and full with a creamy texture and well-integrated acidity, the finish gently savoury – a comforting wine.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Lammershoek Rouge Reserve 2018
65% Syrah, 13% Grenache, 13% Mourvèdre and 9% Carignan, the latter from a 1976 vineyard established by Desiderius Pongrácz planted to 20 different clones. 15% whole-bunch fermentation. Matured for 18 months in 500-litre barrels. Heady aromatics of red and black berries, floral perfume, fynbos, pepper and spice. The palate is full-bodied and packed with flavour – it’s rather forceful but fresh acidity and crunchy tannins aid drinkability.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
Lammershoek Syrah Reserve 2018
An overtone of potpourri before black berries, olive tapenade, smoked meat, earth, pepper and spice on the nose while the palate is sweet and thick-textured. That said, it comes across as full of flavour and the tannins possessing a pleasant powdery quality. Plenty of grunt.
CE’s rating: 90/100.
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