Studying Oenology at Stellenbosch University while working in the town’s boutique wine store were the starting points for Sam Lambson’s wine education. But the passion kicked in while working harvests under the leading Cape winemakers Carl van der Merwe, Lukas van Loggerenberg and Chris Alheit. It was then he discovered that making good wine is all about working with good grapes and good people and the importance of treating them both gently in the vineyard and the cellar. It was also the beginning of Sam’s love affair with Syrah. He launched Minimalist Wines, at age twenty-one, to explore its diversity in South African terroir and to showcase its elegant power in the cooler climate vineyards of the Cape.
100% Syrah. Those who are familiar with the earlier vintages will recognise that a new ‘dot’ has been added to this label, signifying the addition of fruit from Agulhas to the blend. This year, the composition is: 84% Elgin (Niemandsrivier) 9% Agulhas, 7% Stellenbosch.
“Life is an expedition and though the route’s often unclear, the fun lies in joining the dots between the people, places, ideas and experiences we encounter along the way. As in the vines, sometimes they connect, sometimes they don’t but, when the dots do connect, the results can be breathtaking.”