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Lemberg

Unique in South Africa, this is a fascinating rendition of one of Hungary's best white grapes.

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Better known as a variety in the great wines of Tokaji, at Lemberg Hárslevelü produces a dry white wine from vines planted in 1983.

Light straw colour. Dried peach, nectarine with subtle notes of orange peel, hints of bay leave. Delicate fruit flavours, quince like texture with pithy length.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.9 g/L

pH

3.45

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Hárslevelü

TIME IN OAK

8 months (portion of blend)

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

These grapes can handle some rough handling, but at the same time demands respect. Two thirds of the crop was whole bunch pressed. The extracted juice was handled quite oxidative, settled overnight and the clear juice then taken to older 600 Lt barrels to offset natural fermentation. The other third of the crop was partially fermented with the skins. Whole bunches are added to the bottom of the vessel and the rest de-stemmed and crushed on top of this – whole berries were vinified by carbonic maceration. This batch was pressed two days later, and juice taken directly to barrel. A selected yeast strain was added to the portion to ensure a healthy and complete fermentation. Barrel maturation for another eight months before blending and bottling. A further bottle maturation of 10 months before market release

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts

 

 

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Intriguing.

Tim Atkin MW

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Better known as a variety in the great wines of Tokaji, at Lemberg Hárslevelü produces a dry white wine from vines planted in 1983.

Alternative methods in the making of this wine, including natural fermentation, carbonic maceration and orange winemaking, allowed for an ultra-premium blend of components. Delicate citrus and honeysuckle aromas on the nose, with layers of peach, marmalade and almond on the palate.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.7 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.9 g/L

pH

3.45

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Hárslevelü

HARVEST DATE

February 2019

TIME IN OAK

8 months (portion of blend)

SULPHUR

Total: 107 Free: 27

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

This wine combines the best of both old world and new world winemaking techniques to achieve maximum complexity from a single site vineyard. True to Lemberg tradition, 80% of the wine was oxidatively vinified by natural fermentation in older 500L French oak wine barrels. A further 15% was vinified by carbonic maceration after which the wine was fermented in a second-fill 300L Hungarian oak barrel. Lastly a minor 5% component of orange wine fermented in a Flex-cube brought the final touches of complexity to this wine. Individual components were aged on the gross lees for 8 months before blending and bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

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Better known as a variety in the great wines of Tokaji, at Lemberg Hárslevelü produces a dry white wine from vines planted in 1983.

The 2018 vintage marks the first 100% Hárslevelü estate wine from the young Lemberg vineyard. Presents unique and vibrant nuances of linden tree flower, orange zest and oak spice aromas on the nose. Charming layers of peach and marmalade on the palate with citrus-lime freshness.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

12.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.5 g/L

pH

3.46

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Hárslevelü

HARVEST DATE

February 2018

TIME IN OAK

4 months

SULPHUR

Total: 78 Free: 23

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vinification details

Vinified in a natural, minimalistic and more oxidative style and approach, the components are expressed in an old-world style and come to their full potential. 500 L French oak barrels were used to age the wine for 4 months.

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So rare and unusual in South Africa that winemakers in the grape’s native Hungary are keen to taste it...

Tim Atkin MW

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Better known as a variety in the great wines of Tokaji, at Lemberg Hárslevelü produces a dry white wine from vines planted in 1983.

White flowers, peach and spice follow through on the textured, fresh palate with great length. The wine has a lingering, fresh, vibrant and lively acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.9 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Hárslevelü

TIME IN OAK

10 months

SULPHUR

Total: 57 Free: 10

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

Vinification details

Made in a more natural, minimalistic and more oxidative style and approach, the components are expressed in an old-world style and come to their full potential. 500 L French oak barrels were used to age the wine for 10 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

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This naturally fermented Hárslevelü from a 30-year-old vineyard is well worth tracking down.

Tim Atkin MW

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Better known as a variety in the great wines of Tokaji, at Lemberg Hárslevelü produces a dry white wine from vines planted in 1983.

Notes of mandarin, citrus, apricot and honey meld with almond paste, green herbs and toasted pine nuts. One of the Cape's most unique and alluring wines.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.42

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Niel Russouw

VARIETY

Hárslevelü

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

TIME IN OAK

11 months

SULPHUR

Total: 66 Free: 7

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Tulbagh

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
Platter: 4*

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