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Van Loggerenberg Wines

2021

‘Break a Leg’

Blanc de Noir   |   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 protea on the stamp emphasizes his South African heritage while the tortoise symbolizes the speed at which Lukas was able to work during that first harvest. The donkey shown is a tongue in cheek reminder of how stubborn Lukas was in not compromising on doing any of the work himself despite not being as mobile as he would have liked to be. The fruit for this wine is farmed and harvested purely for this bottling and not for ‘Geronimo’, nor anyone else’s Cinsault and Lukas feels this is paramount in order to retain the fresh quality of the wine.

The grapes come from vines planted in 1992 on decomposed granite soils in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch, in close proximity to the ocean and with a constant sea breeze. These bush vines are farmed solely for making this wine. Grapes were picked on three different dates. The first pick ensures that the final blend always end up with great acidity and a low pH. Cinsault isn’t normally known for low pH’s or high acidities. The last, ripest pick was fermented in stainless steel tanks. All grapes were destemmed and lightly pressed to extract juice and a light color without extracting too much tannin.  Juice was left overnight to settle in a stainless steel tank without any settling enzymes.  It was then transferred to old French oak barrels and the last pick was sent to a stainless steel tank to ferment naturally, including natural malolactic fermentation. The wines spent 6 months in their fermentation vessels before blending and bottling.  No enzymes or commercial yeast were used.

Stats

  • Grapes: 90% Cinsault 10% Pinotage
  • Vineyard: Rustenhof Vineyard (Cinsault) - Stonewall Vineyard (Pinotage)
  • Vine Age: 29-years-old (Cinsault) - 24-years-old (Pinotage)
  • Soil Type: Decomposed granite
  • Viticulture: Practicing organic - sustainable - dry-farmed
  • Fermentation: Native - stainless-steel (60%) - old French barrique (40%)
  • Skin Contact: 30 minutes to two hours
  • Aging: 6 months on lees in fermentation vessels before racking
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • pH: 3.33
  • Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L
  • Total SO2: 69 ppm
  • Total Production: 1013 cases
  • UPC: 0700083594259

Tasting Note

A fun, easy-going wine. Subtle floral and citrus notes on the nose. On the palate, Atlantic Ocean breezes bring a welcomed touch of salinity, and the flavors are layered with red fruits and blood orange. The finish is dry and utterly refreshing.

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