KEY FACTS

Region: Swartland

Varieties: Chenin Blanc & Syrah

Known for: 80% of the vineyards are bush-vines

About Lammershoek

Lammershoek strives for minimum intervention in fruit-driven wines that express the terroir of the Swartland.
Still a largely undiscovered gem, Lammershoek, in a picturesque “corner” of the Swartland District, is planted to 60 hectares of vineyards at altitudes of 80 – 300 metres – farmed mostly by the typical Swartland dry-land (unirrigated) method.

The name Lammershoek dates back more than three centuries, linked to the preservation of life in a once harsh environment. Meaning “lambs’ corner”, legend has it that ewes sought shelter here in the forest for survival of their lambs when they felt threatened by the black eagle or lammervanger (“lamb catcher”) which abounded in the area.

Lammershoek is owned by a trio of prominent German businessmen and sporting executives and is poised to leave a fresh footprint in both the South African domestic and the export markets.

The Swartland provides a Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Soils are mainly deep and well-drained decomposed granite, quite sandy and contributing to the wines’ fine texture and lingering aftertaste. The dense layer of clay below aids water retention for the South African summer.

The wines are pure, with a good natural acidity and capture the uniqueness of the Swartland District.

THE WINEMAKER

Schalk Opperman

Rather than manipulating the lovely old bush-vine fruit into something ‘unnatural’, Schalk merely guides the juice along its way to showcase what can be achieved with the characteristic Swartland fruit character.

The Wines

Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve Syrah

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Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve White

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Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve Red

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Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve Chenin Blanc

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