California-born Samantha O’Keefe is the pioneer of the cool climate Greyton region. Situated in a dramatic shale-rich mountainous amphitheatre at almost 300m of elevation, the area benefits from Atlantic breezes and cool nights, which makes for particularly striking Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier based wines. Blessed with a kiss of South African sunshine and Samantha’s precise, gentle winemaking techniques, the Lismore wines are some of the most distinctive and exciting in South Africa. Tragically, a terrible fire at the end of 2019 saw more than a decade’s work go up in smoke, just as Samantha’s wines were riding high on a wave of universal critical acclaim. Through a combination of dogged perseverance, pride and belief, like a phoenix, Lismore Wines has risen again. This is a project that speaks to restraint, tone and elegance, with an ineffable strength of personality and drinkability.