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Lammershoek Syrah 2012

Pointing the way.

Craig Hawkins arrived as winemaker at Lammershoek in the Swartland at the end of 2009 with a view to making “natural wines” – no cultured yeasts, no new oak and absolutely minimal amounts of sulphur allowed. I visited Hawkins for the first time in … [Read more...]

Scali Blanc 2009

Non-conformist.

The randomness of Twitter. “ Scali Blanc 2009 - a bit too odd for it's (sic) own good? Distinctive and characterful, but a bit wild for me. Like sherry + new oak”, tweeted Richard Hemming this past Friday. Now Hemming is a wine writer on … [Read more...]

Patapon 2009

Clowning around.

Over the weekend such natural wines as Domaine le Briseau Patapon Coteaux du Loir 2009. From the Pineau d’Aunis variety, it was rustic, dirty even, but wonderfully so. Craig Hawkins of Lammershoek in the Swartland in South Africa and his Testalonga … [Read more...]

Lammershoek Roulette 2005

Well built.

Craig Hawkins is the hotshot new winemaker at Lammershoek who is rightfully attracting a lot of attention for his avant-garde wines but the efforts of his predecessor Albert Ahrens (now at Goede Hoop in Stellenbosch) shouldn’t be entirely … [Read more...]

Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2009

New wave.

Recently I reviewed the Syrah 2008 from Swartland property Lammershoek on this blog noting that I was “a little underwhelmed” by it on account of it showing “super-ripe fruit on nose and palate” while it also seemed “short on freshness and tannic … [Read more...]

Lammershoek Syrah 2008

Obtaining full ripeness is not a problem in the Swartland.

Lammershoek in the Swartland is top of the pops at the moment thanks to the 2009 vintage of its white blend Roulette Blanc being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011. A major success like this serves as impetus to reconsider the rest of the wines in the … [Read more...]