Geronimo, Cinsault, 2016

  Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Geronimo, Cinsault

Floral sappy red and stony fruit, with cracked black pepper, red plum, earth and tart sour cherries on the palate. Softly accented cushioned red and black fruit, sage and thyme. Sure to convert anyone unfamiliar with modern-day Cinsault. The name comes from the “leap of faith required to start your own thing”. Cinsault from the Stellenbosch has longer hang time and enables a higher proportion of whole bunch, Geronimo is raised in 500L barrels but there is only one punch down a day during fermentations as it is naturally high in structure and low in acidity. “When Cinsault is good it’s like crunching on a pomegranate”.

Contains Sulphites.

About 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.

Appellation: Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is the second oldest wine region in South Africa (after Constantia), established in 1679. Made up of five wards whose characteristics vary greatly, the dominant feature of the zone is the influence of the atlantic breeze sweeping in and keeping a check on the African heat. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinotage are the regions best known varieties, but Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also seeing some measure of success. Vineyards at a little altitude, aided by the atlantic breeze, are producing wines that marry New World charm with old world elegance.

Grape Type: Cinsault

The Cinsault is a Southern Rhône variety, used in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the Midi, also popular in South Africa where it is know as Hermitage and was crossed with Pinot Noir to produce Pinotage, as well as being an ingredient in Lebanon's Château Musar. In the Languedoc it is sometimes blended with Carignan to produce, light spicy fruit driven style wines.