Van Loggerenberg Break a Leg new releases
By Christian Eedes, 9 February 2021
The Blanc de Noir under the Break-A-Leg label from Lukas van Loggerenberg has been one of South Africa’s most serious “pink” wines for some time now and this wine is now joined by a Chardonnay and a Merlot under the same label. Tasting notes and ratings as follows:
Break a Leg Chardonnay 2020
From a Polkadraai vineyard planted on granite. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 10 months in stainless steel tank. The nose shows some struck-matched reduction before pear, lemon with a little oatmeal character in the background. The palate shows wonderful balance with lovely fruit purity, zesty acidity and a pithy finish. Light-bodied and ultra-refreshing.
CE’s rating: 92/100.
Break a Leg Blanc de Noir 2020
From Cinsault, the vineyard planted on granite in the Helderberg. Three different picks are completed, the first two fermented in old oak, the last in tank. Subtle aromatics of red cherry, apple, orange and spice. The palate is juicy and fresh – there’s a slight impression of sweetness upfront but the finish is gently savoury. Very open and engaging but perhaps lacks the vinosity of the previous vintage.
CE’s rating: 88/100.
Break a Leg Merlot 2020
Grapes from the Upper Blaauwklippen area of the Helderberg. Spontaneously fermented and matured for around 10 months in third-fill barrels. The nose shows dark berries plus subtle notes of violets and fresh herbs while the palate has good fruit density, bright acidity and a nicely dry finish (alcohol is 14% so by no means under-ripe). While so many local examples have something more or less discordant about them, this is really well judged and makes for good everyday drinking.
CE’s rating: 89/100.
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