“Business As Usual…”
After the unexpected ‘Lockdown Level downgrade’ announcement on Sunday evening, we are very pleased that we are once again able to open our shop every day (for the forseeable future, anyway). It will mean less time off and fewer opportunities to visit the wine farms, but luckily I managed to spend a few days with John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters, and the team at Gabrielskloof last month, just as they were starting their harvest. In addition to some of our Valley producers, there were a few Stellenbosch estates I visited over the past few weeks for tastings: Rust en Vrede, Lourensford, Hidden Valley and Vergelegen. There should be a few of their wines on our shelves in the coming weeks….
This weekend’s Tasting.
This weekend we will be tasting the “Felicité” Chardonnay from Newton Johnson Vineyards. The fruit for this Chardonnay is sourced from the Stettyn Family Winery in the foothills of the Klein Drakenstein mountains near Villiersdorp, and the wine is made in a style that shows Chardonnay’s purity of flavour – steely aromas of fresh lime and the soft, fruity nuance of peach blossoms. Sumptuous texture in the mouth, integrating bracing acidity in to a refreshing finish.
Lukas van Loggerenberg’s “Break a Leg” wines
The Break A Leg range has expanded this year from one to three wines: the original Cinsaut Blanc de Noir, a new unwooded Chardonnay, and a Merlot!
van Loggerenberg ‘Break A Leg’ Chardonnay 2020: ExAnimo’s David Clarke: The Polkadraai Chardonnay was picked early-ish (12% alc) but does not lack flavour because of this. It is not a huge buttery monster, but it is not supposed to be. Tight, mineral on the nose with some reduction that soon blows off, this wine is precise, elegant, and savoury.
van Loggerenberg ‘Break A Leg’ Merlot 2020: WineMag’s Christian Eedes: “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.”
We still have a few of the 2019 ‘Break a Leg’ Cinsaut Blanc de Noir in stock so as soon as those are sold out we will have the new 2020’s on the shelf.
Thanks again to everyone who purchased our vouchers! We will continue to donate 5% of the voucher value to the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pre-school, in addition to offering a 5% discount of the voucher value to in-store purchases.
“COVID-19 Level 1” shop hours (until further notice):
Monday to Saturday: 10am – 6pm.
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am – 4pm.
Free deliveries in Hermanus.
Thank you for your support – stay safe – see you soon!