|Tim Atkin MW Special South Africa Report 2020: 93 points|
|Jancis Robinson: 17/20|
|Platter's Wine Guide 2021: 4.5 stars|
£18.90 per bottle
With a vine age of over 30 years, Lemberg’s mother-block of Hárslevelü is a Hungarian white variety more commonly recognised as a component in the great wines of Tokaji. Hárslevelü has become synonymous with Lemberg Wine Estate – Alternative methods in the making of this wine, including natural fermentation, carbonic maceration and orange winemaking, allowed for an ultra-premium blend of components. It displays delicate citrus and honeysuckle aromas on the nose, with layers of peach, marmalade and almond on the palate.
Ageing potential: Bracing freshness in youth, although still generous in structure to develop depth and dimension for up to eight years of optimal cellaring.
Jancis Robinson: 17/20 “There are only 24 ha of this Tokaji variety in South Africa and Lemberg is the principal grower. Grown on alluvial sand on layers of clay and picked 26 February. Quite an alcohol level! TA 5.6 g/l, pH 3.45, RS 2.9 g/l. 80% of the wine was oxidatively vinified with ambient years in used 500-litre French oak barrels. 15% underwent carbonic maceration and transferred to a 300-litre second-fill Hungarian oak barrel (very appropriate). And then 5% was made as an orange wine ‘fermented in a Flex-cube’. Individual components were aged on gross lees for eight months before blending and bottling. 258 cases of six bottles produced.
Deep glowing gold. Heady, smoky, apricot-skin impression – really fascinating! No shortage of complex fruit. A certain fieriness. Fresh enough but it probably won’t last as long as a Chenin. Fascinating wine – unique. I suspect that little orange grace note is a masterstroke. Very long and far from fat. Looks very smart too. GV“
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