Two wines I shall go out and buy: the red and white LAMs by Swartland start Lammershoek, who since the 2010 vintage have been on fire. These were tasted today at the Richards Walford tasting. Retail price on both is £11, which makes them real bargains. And I love the labels.
LAM by Lammershoek Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2011
12% alcohol. Complex savoury, nutty nose with lovely fruit, coupled with some spice and mineral notes. The palate is waxy with fresh citrus and appeal fruit, as well as some nuttiness and good acidity. A fresh, lean style that should open out a bit with 6 months in bottle. 90/100
LAM by Lammershoek Syrah 2010
10% Carignan in the blend. A lot of whole bunch is used here, along with destemmed but uncrushed berries. It has crazy TA of 7 g/litre, which is very high for a red. And it’s delicious. Fresh, pure, cherryish fruit with good acidity. Very pretty and fruity with subtle meaty notes and more than a hint of seriousness. An elegant style. 91/100