Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Lomond Sauvignon Blanc

The 2012 vintage of Lomond Sauvignon Blanc was awarded a gold medal at the recent Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, held annually in France. Winemaker Kobus Gerber describes the wine as “fresh and medium-bodied with a delicate minerality and brimming with green and tropical fruit flavours”.

Available in South Africa at a very reasonably R60 a bottle, it showed it did not have to take a back seat to its single-vineyard “brothers”: the Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc and Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc.  The latter two wines are regular award-winners on both local and international competitions.

Lomond is one of only a handful of wine farms that carry the Cape Agulhas appellation of origin. Its vineyards are cooled by south-westerly and south-easterly winds during summer. Due to the cool weather, the grapes ripen several weeks later than in the Stellenbosch area, with the first grapes harvested only towards March.

From the outset, there has been a very strong focus on sustainable farming and on preserving its abundant biodiversity at Lomond. The large storage dam on the farm also supplies water to surrounding communities. Organic interventions are used almost exclusively in the vineyards, and farming is done in a way that gives maximum expression to the diversity of soil types and elevations while protecting the indigenous habitat.