Region: Cape Agulhas
Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc & Syrah
Known for: Award-winning cool climate wines from Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost tip of Africa.
Legend has it that the mountains on the farm, Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis, were named by the Scottish survivors of the HMS Birkenhead which sank off Danger Point on the 26th of February 1852. In Scotland, Loch Lomond lies at the foothills of Ben Lomond and on completion of the farm’s 3,2km dam, the decision was made to name the farm Lomond.
Lomond’s cultivars, selected to match both the farm’s terroir and climate, consist of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz, Semillon, Nouvelle, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Mourvedre and Viognier.
The complexity and character of Lomond wines are a true expression of the aspect, soils and climate of Cape Agulhas, which is characterised by its coastal location, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Selective hand harvesting, sorting and respect for the vineyard drives the winemaking process along with the utmost attention to detail. Only the finest grapes from the best vineyards are harvested, fermented and vinified separately to ensure that each wine retains the unique flavours and characteristics of the vineyard. Winemaker, Hannes Meyer, carefully blends the separate lots to craft a wine greater than the sum of the parts.
For more than 15 years, Lomond Estate wines have been known for their true varietal expression and showcase the vibrant fruit and balanced complexities for which this beautiful region is famous.
Each wine is named after a Fynbos species endemic to Cape Agulhas. Conservation of the critical endangered Elim Fynbos is the cornerstone on which we have based our farming practices.
Whilst the focus has always been on producing high quality wine based on the regions cool climate and diversity of soils, Lomond has also been actively involved in the bigger conservation landscape.
Lomond is the first South African Wine Farm to enter into a Conservation Servitude with Fauna and Flora International to ensure the long-term preservation of the critically endangered Elim Ferricrete Fynbos and Overberg Sandstone Fynbos which occurs on the slopes of Ben Lomond. This includes ensuring the conservation of natural biodiversity through proactive conservation management of the site and adjoining area.
Hannes joined the Lomond team in 2018 and has already clinched a 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 award for their Lomond Sauvignon Blanc 2019.
Hannes graduated with a BSc Agri degree specialising in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, after which his winemaking skills were honed at various prominent wine estates in the Cape Winelands. One of the greatest gratifications to him as a winemaker is to see how a wine develops from the grapes, in their most pure and natural form, with each bottle depicting the unique attributes of the terroir and the winemaker’s taste for perfection.