Lazy Lucy is named after Francois’ English Bulldog who views getting up to muck around as serious work. “Lazy” is both an apt way and a very misleading way to describe the winemaking here. While it gets all the “lazy” hands-off treatment (native yeast fermentation, minimal intervention), the hand picking, sorting, fermentation, and blending are all quite labor-intensive. There is an inherent high-viz intensity of flavor to this wine that is even more pronounced in 2023. This vintage is marked by a switch from Grenache to a blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Grenache, giving this wine a savory edge. Also new this year, the grapes no longer come from the Swartland; they all come from the Drie Fonteine farm in Tulbagh, a town and wine district northeast of Malmesbury that lies just outside of the Swartland district. This is the first wine in our book to come from Tulbagh.
The Syrah and Grenache were hand-harvested into small picking bins and brought back to the winery for spontaneous co-fermentation after whole-bunch pressing. The Mourvèdre, which was harvested a week later, followed the same regime in its own tank. After three months aging on lees in stainless steel the wine was then very lightly fined with bentonite for protein stability, and it was bottled three months post-harvest with a small addition of sulfur and a gentle filtration.