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Van Loggerenberg Wines

2021

‘Break a Leg’

Chardonnay   |   Stellenbosch - South Africa

About

The name of this wine pays tribute to Lukas’ first vintage in 2016. Lukas had to undergo two big knee surgeries in his first harvest and is stylized by the leg in a brace on the label and the silhouette of the man plotting his next move. With the help of great friends and family it all came together in the end and this wine is a celebration of hard times that you have to overcome and to never give up. In the same way one wishes a performer to “break a leg”, the name celebrates all the hard work to achieve said goals. The crane and starling emphasize his South African heritage. Lukas feels that getting a mix of granite and clay soils helps provide a balance between freshness and texture in this wine.

All grapes were whole bunch pressed, and the juice was left overnight to settle in a stainless-steel tank without any settling enzymes.  The next day the settled juice was racked to a stainless-steel tank where the wine fermented naturally at cold temperatures. The wine went through malolactic fermentation, and it spent 9 months in tank before bottling.  No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wine.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vineyard: Bluegum Grove (50%) - Fransmanskraal (50%)
  • Vine Age: 16-years-old (Bluegum Grove) - 15-years-old (Fransmanskraal)
  • Soil Type: Granite with ferrocrete topsoil (Bluegum Grove) - clay-rich granite (Fransmanskraal)
  • Viticulture: Sustainable – practicing organic
  • Fermentation: Native — stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: None
  • Aging: 10 months on lees in stainless-steel
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • pH: 3.41
  • Total Acidity: 5.3 g/L
  • Total SO2: 94 ppm
  • Total Production: 598 cases
  • UPC: 0737186056049

Tasting Note

Slight, unoffensive reduction on the nose, and fresh, oatmeal minerality on the palate. Peachy juiciness fills the mouth. This is a precise, beautiful unoaked Chardonnay.

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