Lozärn Wines in Bonnievale in the Robertson Wine Appellation burst, like a tight reined pony onto the wine scene with its first bottling in 2017. I have had the pleasure of tasting all the Estate’s wines this year and the latest to arrive was the Lozarn Carménère 2017.
The Lozärn Carménère 2017 to me is an exciting wine, with flavours so different to the noble varieties which conventionally make up the South African Wine scene. After careful elévage in the cellar by winemaker Salome Buys-Vermeulen, the wine was matured for 15 months in second fill French oak barrels before being prepared for bottling.
From an elegant sloping Bordeaux bottle and closed with natural cork. The label is in black with a copper wax covering at the top of the neck. In the glass, the wine is opaque and a purple tinged bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a youthful ruby at the edges. The aromas are of black cherries and plums. From entry, the wine has a freshness which goes through the very generous mid palate and into the long aftertaste where it is harmoniously interwoven with coffee chocolate and oak and its concomitant spices and vanilla. Lovely long refreshing ending. This wine will reward if cool cellared for a couple of years.
I would suggest that, for greater enjoyment, you chill the Lozärn Carménère 2017 for about 30 minutes before serving it. Carménère is a ‘difficult to grow’ grape which has its home in the Medoc in France. Ideal partners would be Beef Bordelaise, a good spicy sausage or, after the main course at dinner, before the dessert, a 6-month-old Dalewood Fromage Huguenot Cheese.
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