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The Innocent – SMG 2017, Lammershoek, Swartland South Africa


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Lammershoek literally means ‘lambs’ corner’, and legend has it that ewes sought shelter for their offspring in the forest alongside the farm when they were threatened by the black eagle which abounded here – giant predator birds locally known as the lammervanger (meaning ‘lamb catcher’ in the Afrikaans language).

The original flock of sheep at the centre of the ‘hiding’ legend, was owned by the first registered owner of Lammershoek, Adriaan van Jaarsveld, a Cape Colonial ‘free burgher’ of the early 1700s. Established in 1718, the farm grew over the centuries into a proud enterprise where mixed stock farming has been replaced by specialised wine-growing as a series of owners developed the 180 hectares property into a top wine farm and cellar.

Farmed dryland, thus no irrigation. All the vines are old bush vines between 15 -50 years. The wines was handled separate in the cellar and the final blend made up from different barrels in the cellar.

50% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache 13.5% abv

The grapes were fermented in various fermenters ranging from open concrete fermenters, wooden foudre and barrels for a period of 2- 3 weeks with some post fermentation extended maceration on the skins before pressing. In some cases up to 40% whole bunches were used depending on the variety. The grapes not used for whole bunch fermentation were de-stemmed and slightly crushed before going to tank. The wines was aged in a combination of concrete tanks and wooden foudres before careful blending and bottling after the 11 months. No new oak was used.

An everyday enjoyment wine. Classic Rhône, old-world style character – showing typical Swartland terroir traits. Bright ruby red with delicious aromas of fresh fruit, rounded off with spicy undertones.

Give it a swirl with pizza, burgers, kebabs – and don’t forget the cheesy chips!


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