In Franschhoek day 2, Lynx and Landau

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Yesterday exceeded my expectations. Just two visits, but they were in depth, and super interesting.

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The first was at Lynx, with Dieter Sellmeyer. He and his wife Diana moved here after a rather nomadic existence hopping around the world. He’s an engineer by training, and they bought a lovely property which Dieter planted with engineering-like precision, and which now produces some very smart wines.

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The soils here are very sandy, and although sandy soils don’t have a great reputation, you can’t argue with the results. The wines here are fresh and vital, with lovely Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Grenache, as well as a Bordeaux blend called Xanache. Dieter is even making a convincing Pinot Noir, although this hasn’t yet been released.

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Then it was off to see Basil Landau. After an interesting career, Basil moved to Franschhoek in 1986 with his young wife Jane to start a family.  They bought an old 18th century house on a farm dating back to 1689, and renovated both house and vineyard, with the exception of a 6 hectare block of old Semillon that was planted in 1905. Fortunately, they left this old vineyard alone, and it is now the oldest producing block in the country.

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The Landau du Val Semillon is  remarkable wine. It’s now made by Wynand Grobler (below) at Rickety Bridge, and we tried a vertical. The 2004 was the stand-out, but each vintage was superb – this is one of South Africa’s classics, I reckon.

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And the vineyard? It’s truly beautiful. The old bush vines strugggle, and the yields are tiny. But the wine is special.

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1 comment to In Franschhoek day 2, Lynx and Landau

  • Hi Great to see your blog re Lynx wines we are proud to market these in the UK.
    Just a thought if you are going over the Franshchoek Pass visit Arendsig Wines in the Breede River Valley another little Gem!
    Cheers
    Marian

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