This venerable Stellenbosch estate is enjoying a splendid renovation programme from top to toe, since having been taken over by a group of British investors. The first commercial Pinotage wine was marketed under the Lanzerac label ( 1959 vintage ).This varietal is still honoured here by all, especially cellarmaster Wynand Lategan who has been there since 2005. The Lanzerac Pinotage 2013 was sourced from three different vineyard blocks, two on Lanzerac in the Jonkershoek Valley and a bush vine block in Bottelary. The 2 blocks have an altitude of 400-420m with mainly deep red decomposed granite soils. A selection of new, 2nd fill and 3rd fill French oak barrels were used to mature the Pinotage for fifteen months. Regular racking resulted in excellent integration between wood, fruit and tannins.
An excellent deep ruby-crimson colour with ripe berries and plum-pie on the nose. It fills the mouth with vibrant ripe fruit , super supple, plush tannins and importantly, good acidity. Full-bodied and complex with excellent ageability. Drinking very well now, but will reward the collector if you keep it under cool conditions until 2023. Serve with charcuterie; country terrine; hard cheeses; Kudu burger; hearty game pie or a typical South African braai.