Lammershoek’s LAMS – brilliant value from the Swartland

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Lammershoek’s LAMS – brilliant value from the Swartland

Lammershoek LAM syrah

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

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5 thoughts on “Lammershoek’s LAMS – brilliant value from the Swartland

  1. Having been at NZ yesterday and running our own wine school this evening couldn’t get to RW today – but made sure Kieron tasted their SA wines – I’m a big fan of wines that RW have from there and usually Kieron is quite restrained in his support for SA but he came back raving about this pair. One nice easy box ticked.

  2. Loved all their wines, especially excited by the red blend – the price will be going up, so definitely one for us all to enjoy now whilst it’s still severely under-priced. Love it when a real gem at a bargain price turns up!

  3. The Swartland ROCKS—of course I have an investment in a winery there but I genuinely love the chenin and syrah from this region. Lammershoek have some great old bush vine chenin and many of the regions top producers buy some fruit from this farm.

  4. Definitely a big fan of Swartland wines!!! Young guns like Craig Hawkins (Lammershoek) are able to provide amazing ‘entry-level’ wines, multi-dimensionnal (easy to drink with friends, but still complex if you want to spend more time with them!)
    The new range Cellar’s Foot is also a great one (Harslevelu dry, underwater Syrah, …)
    And I haven’t mentionned the Testalonga yet! (Cortez and El Bandito!) Amazing wines!

    Modern wines without forgetting about the terroir! The right equation!

    PS: I don’t have any investment in Lammershoek :-))), just love their wines!

    Laurent, Wine&Only

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