The nose is loaded with wet slate, rain on granite, sun dried strawberries and pithy red cherry with a dusting of dried herbs. Cool, textured and quite glycerol in the mouth, this wine has lovely poise, precision and purity and a full mouthfeel more associated with higher alcohol wines…but all delivered at just over 12 Abv. A fabulous gastronomic Rose wine.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 92/100
In the vineyards
Grapes are from a 32 year old vineyard planted in clay rich granite soils in the Daljosafat area of Paarl. This vineyard was specifically selected for this wine as the rich soils give the wine great depth on the mid-palate.
In the cellar
All grapes were destemmed and lightly pressed to extract juice and a light colour without extracting too much tannin. Juice was left overnight to settle in a stainless steel tank without any settling enzymes. Settled juice was then transferred to old French oak barrels to ferment naturally and also avoid the sweet flavours associated with blanc de noirs. The wine went through malolactic fermentation which also adds complexity to the wine. The wine spent 8 months in barrel before bottling. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wines.
As the name suggests, Lukas had to undergo two big knee surgeries in our first harvest season as is shown by the leg in a brace on the label and the silhouette of the man plotting his next move. With the help of great friends and family it all came together in the end and this wine is a celebration of hard times that you have to overcome and to never give up. In the same way one wishes a performer to “break a leg” the name celebrates all the hard work we put in to achieve our goals. The protea on the stamp emphasizes our South African heritage while the tortoise symbolizes the speed at which Lukas was able to work during that first harvest. The donkey shown is a tongue in cheek reminder of how stubborn Lukas was in not compromising on doing any of the work himself despite not being as mobile as he would have liked to be.
Soil: Clay-rich granite
Alcohol Vol%: 12%
Total acidity: 5.3g/l