Kamaraderie, Chenin Blanc, 2017

  Lukas Van Loggerenberg

Kamaraderie, Chenin Blanc

Single vineyard from Paarl planted in the early 1960s, 2 hectares in size. Used to be two picks, first one at the bottom of the slope for freshness and the top part about 2 weeks later as the soil is poorer and the rocky influence gives immense concentration, however the drought only allowed for one harvest in 2017 and total production was a mere 1.2k bottles. The Chenins are whole bunch pressed, settle overnight in stainless steel and are then racked in to barrel for fermentation. Lukas keeps the whites on the primary lees for 6-8 months before bottling. The 2017 Kamaraderie has an almost Burgundian feel to the wine with broad Meursault like concentration and complexity with pithy dry white peaches, fresh herbs, pistachio lemon balm and yellow plum.

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: Chenin Blanc

Now widely planted across the world (notably in South Africa), Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety native to the Loire Valley where it produces a range of wine styles; sweet, dry and sparkling with complexity, depth and often longevity. In the middle Loire, Chenin Blanc is used for Anjou, Montlouis, Saumur, Savennieres, Vouvray, and Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume wines.