Another find from our Tulbagh adventures! Lemberg winery has a Hungarian connection and produces some interesting wines from the old country - they are one of very few SA producers of Harslevelu, an aromatic grapey varietal they turn into a refreshing, fruity dry wine.
Like others in the Swartland though, their bread and butter is red Rhone varietals - Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan. Their various blends are named after the owners’ bulldogs. Our favorite was the Louis blend, although Nelson and Lady were lovely as well. Mouth-filling, structured, rich in fruit but backed with subtleties like well integrated oak and refined tannins.
Rhone varietals do very well in this hot part of the country north of Cape Town, and they are turning out amazing wines. See if you can find a Syrah/Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre (“GSM”) blend from the Swartland on your next trip to the liquor store and let us know what you think!