Varieties: Chenin Blanc & Syrah
Known for: 80% of the vineyards are bush-vines
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.
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.