Cellarmaster Wynand Lategan recently launched a maiden chenin blanc from his Lanzerac cellar, followed by a syrah, the first in more than a decade. They make a fine pair for autumn sipping and for partnering the fuller, richer flavours of cool weather dishes.
Both wines were made from Jonkershoek valley grapes, a small but prestigious ward in the Stellenbosch region. The 2016 chenin blanc offers the agreeable freshness that one expects from youthful wine from Stellenbosch vines, nicely balanced with stone fruit flavours. Just over 20% was matured in oak, which adds some creaminess to the mix. As well as making a good mate for chicken salads and rich chicken liver paté, this is a wine to open with autumn risottos of pumpkin and al fresco lunches of soft creamy cheeses.
When it comes to casual Sunday fare of charcuterie or lamb, on the braai or roasted to perfection, the Lanzerac syrah 2015 makes a fine choice, presenting a lighter style of winemaking, ideal for mellow days . The classic flavours of white pepper, dark berries and plums are there, along with hints of fynbos. Can be cellared for a few years, but probably will be enjoyed by most patrons over the next few months.
These new additions to the estate’s Premium wines complete the range nicely, all offered at realistic prices.The chenin costs R85 and the syrah R140 from the farm’s Tasting Room, while members of the Lanzerac wine club benefit through a 20% discount and free delivery of cases country-wide.
If wine lovers have difficulty finding it in their favourite store, send an e-mail to Zelda Furstenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are lucky enough to live in the Western Cape, then you have an excellent excuse for a day trip to five-star enjoyment at Lanzerac.