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Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Region:

South Africa

Appellations:

Stellenbosch

Colour Range:

Red, Rosé, White

Price Range:

£60.00 - £150.00

Number of Wines:

6 wines

Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Well, the cat is out of the bag, and Lukas Van Loggerenberg is one of the Cape’s hottest new tickets. He is still the full time winemaker at Carinus but launched his first solo labels in 2016. By the time the 2017s hit the market last year everybody wanted a piece of the action. He does not own any vineyards but has charmed his way in to sharing prime sites in Stellenbosch and Paarl. Combining magical old vineyards that, in Lukas’ words, “give a real nervous energy” with a love for the cool climate regions of Europe; particularly the Loire Valley, and it is not surprising that his young wines are some of the most electrifying in South Africa today. Quantities are tiny and all the money is focused in the vineyards. The wines are made in a glorified shed on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and limited space means that he can grow “humbly”. As a lover of acidity and lower alcohol levels Lukas is one of the earliest pickers; unusually for Stellenbosch he says that “my harvest starts at the same time as the guys in the Swartland but it goes way on. I like to blend different pickings and if the conditions are good then allow a portion to really benefit from the hang time”. He has become most famous for his two dazzling Chenin Blancs; Kamaraderie and Trust Your Gut, and Breton – a fabulous Loire Valley inspired Cabernet Franc. Kamaraderie is a 2 hectare vineyard in Paarl planted in the 1960s, while Trust Your Gut is a blend of Stellenbosch, Swartland and Paarl fruit. He also works with Cinsault and Syrah and, unsurprisingly, these are some of the juiciest, most characterful examples around. And don’t miss the Rose! The whole range comes highly recommended. Total production in 2017 was just 15,000 bottles.

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Lukas Van Loggerenberg