Samantha O'Keefe left California with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.
2015 was considered as one of the best years for white wine production in South Africa, producing berries of excellent quality. The 2015 wines show great purity of fruit, freshness and elegance. Vineyard The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore's 12.5 hectare vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. It is planted with Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. The combination of elevation and climate make for an extended ripening period which is approximately three to four weeks later than the more traditional wine growing areas in the Western Cape.
The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity. The must was barrel fermented and then aged for 11 months in older 300 litre barrels. Occasional bâtonnage took place with extended lees contact, adding complexity and texture to the resulting wine.
This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc has an attractive, complex bouquet with lovely light white peach and herbaceous scents. The palate is well-balanced with a spicy, almost petrolly opening. There is an attractive hazelnut seam and a complex, driven finish. A true expression of this unique terroir and its equally unique winemaker.
Wonderful with a rich creamy risotto.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.