Greg Landman heads out to Lanzerac in the Jonkershoek Valley to sample the fabulous range of wines on the estate…
The first Pinotage, the uniquely SA grape varietal, was made at Lanzerac, a world famous symbol of gracious living for many years in the Cape. As a matter of fact it was the only South African hotel at which reservations could be made for their legendary Sunday buffet at SA House in Trafalgar Square in London.
The tasting room at Lanzerac retains the gracious charm of the past while still being very up to date. Nestled in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley it is a great place to visit. There is a deli for casual fare and the famous up market restaurant if you want to get more formal.
The Lanzerac wines are divided into three tiers:
- The Heritage Range
- and the user friendly Alma Mater, presented in the well-known teardrop shape bottle
In the Premium Range you will find two whites – Sauvignon Blanc, clean and refreshing, and a Chardonnay (a Platter 4 star), great value, full bodied and delicious.
The reds include a descendant of the famous Pinotage packed with deep red berry flavours, and a Merlot which is nice and soft, and heaven with roast duck.
The knockout in the Heritage range is the one they named after Mrs English, a previous owner. The irresistible blend of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc barrels, the wine is nice and complex, and predictably pricey at R400 a bottle but worth every cent.
The winemaking is under the sure hand of Wynand Lategan, who has been there since 2005 making fabulous wines.
Contact: 021 887 1132
Words: Greg Landman