• Introducing Merlot Rosé 2021

    With each new vintage, our goal is always to make small improvements in the vineyards and in the winery to ultimately continue making better wines. Winemaking is a game of inches, not miles.

    However, with each new vintage of our Merlot Rosé, the wine seems to be making massive leaps forward. What was once a simple, easy-drinking, ‘fun’ wine has evolved into a Provence-inspired work of art.

    An especially cool and delayed harvest allowed the Merlot to ripen very slow in ’21. The result was perfect phenolic ripening of the grapes, creating those mouth-watering strawberry, watermelon, and candy floss flavors. The chilly temps also kept the natural acidity high in each bunch, creating a youthful zestiness in the wine.

    Elegant, vibrant, and exploding with fruity, candy floss aromas – we are thrilled to introduce the 2021 Merlot Rosé to you. You will taste the progression this stunning wine has made upon opening the first bottle.

    While our Rosé has long been the perfect companion for the beach or pool – this vintage even deserves a place at the dinner table or as a sundowner in front of the fire.

    We hope you enjoy.

  • The Magic of Vertical Tastings

    When most people think wine, they think 3 things: color, flavor, and aroma. But one of the most fascinating aspects that cannot be overlooked is time.

    Every bottle of wine is alive. It is changing every day that passes. And the best way to experience this is with a vertical tasting.

    Last week we hosted a very special virtual event for Lomond Cellar Club members that really illustrates this. For those who participated, we sent them 200ml samples of 5 of our most special vintages of Sauvignon Blanc all the way back to 2010.

    Once their tasting kits arrived, winemaker Hannes Meyer joined everyone on Zoom to taste through the years.

    Hannes shared the triumphs and failures from each vintage, while guiding everyone through the evolution of the wine from 2010 to present. We are fortunate to be in a part of the world where even white wines age beautifully. Our cool-climate region yields naturally high acidity and low pH’s which protect the wine and keep it vibrant and youthful over the years. And that signature Cape Agulhas minerality you find on our Sauvignon Blanc only gets more complex and intriguing as time passes.

    If you’d like to participate in our next virtual event, be sure to signup FREE for our Cellar Club by clicking the link below. Hope to see you online at the next tasting!

  • The Perfect Pairing – Lomond Trout and Sauvignon Blanc

    The Alchemy of Nature is an ethos many find contagious after spending just a single afternoon on the farm. As you sit on the shores of the dam and enjoy the simple pleasures and flavors cultivated in the fynbos-covered hills surrounding, it starts to sink in.

    There’s no better example of this experience than our personal favorite pairing – Lomond Trout and Sauvignon Blanc. Simple yet exquisite, the harmonious combination of flavors between these two Lomond favorites is a testament to the Alchemy of Nature.

    Surely if you’ve visited us, you’ve noticed the trout farm peacefully floating off in the distance on the dam. Owned and operated by Alicia and Albert Kemp from the quaint little village, Baardskeerdersbos down the road from us. Their business, B’Bos Trout, has been in operation since 2008. They are actually one of only a few trout farms still remaining in the Western Cape.

    With each rain, water flows down between the vines and fills the dam. The connection between everything on the farm, as in nature, is vast.

    The trout raised in the dam is of unbelievable quality and freshness, as you enjoy it just 50 meters from where it is raised. The salmon-colored meat is rich and satiating. The depth of flavors in the fish requires nothing more than a pinch of salt and a dash of lemon.

    Given the robust palate one finds with the trout, it makes for the perfect example of the pairing capabilities of our bolder, more complex Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blancs. The tropical notes allow one to better navigate the richness of the trout. The minerality on the finish of the wine acts as a guide to the layers and layers of flavors found within the fish. And finally, the acidity of the wine will find a match with the lemon spritz atop the trout – providing a foundation for the whole experience.

    Whether it be the cold smoke, hot smoke, or trout paté – the experience of combining all of these farm-fresh flavors is why we love what we do. Experience it for yourself next time you come for a visit 🥂

    What is your favorite meal to pair with one of our Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blancs? Comment below and win a free bottle of Pincushion if we pick yours for our next pairing feature.

  • Fighting for Fynbos

    Happy New Year, everyone. What a year it was. For many, ourselves included, 2020 brought challenges unlike anything experienced before. And while we welcome the new beginning – 2021 is a blank canvas rather than a solution. What we make of it is entirely up to us.

    In November last year we introduced you to Princess. Together, with the help of your Sauvignon Blanc orders, we were able to hire her and her team for 12 weeks.

    In this time they cleared thousands of alien plants that had all but won the fight with the indigenous fynbos. Today, 12 of the 16 hectare, high-priority section on Lomond has been saved.

    A quick walk through the cleared area makes it clear why these efforts are so critical. Within 20 minutes of exploration, 8 different indigenous fynbos species ranging from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable were identified. Every one of them is facing decreasing populations with the #1 reason the same: habitat loss due to alien plant species.

    Leucadendron elimense – Status: Endangered, Population: Decreasing
    Protea aspera – Status: Vulnerable, Population: Decreasing
    Leucospermum prostratum – Status: Vulnerable, Population: Decreasing
    Osyris speciosa – Status: Vulnerable, Population: Decreasing
    Protea subulifolia – Status: Threatened, Population: Decreasing
    Leucospermum hypophyllocarpodendron – Status: Vulnerable, Population: Decreasing
    Serruria rubricaulis – Status: Near threatened, Population: Decreasing
    Aulax umbellata – Status: Near threatened, Population: Decreasing

    With 4 more hectares still to go, the fight doesn’t stop there. All of these sections now need to be revisited several times to stop any new alien growth or risk falling right back into the dire conditions they were in just a few months ago.

    The fight against aliens is daunting. It is thankless. And it is hard work. However, it’s worth it. Our goal is to keep Princess and her team employed and fighting into 2021.

    If you are able, we ask that you join us in this fight and help us protect South Africa’s beautiful fynbos for generations to come.

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  • 2020 Lomond Open Water Swim

    13 December, 2020

    Finish your year well by participating in the Lomond Open Water Swim taking place on Sunday 13 December 2020!

    Whilst you are very close to South Africa’s Great White Shark capital, you will be safe while swimming in a beautiful freshwater dam surrounded by vineyards and fynbos valleys. An absolute treat as swimming in this dam is only allowed at these events.

    This is a Swimming South Africa Sanctioned event organized with the Western Cape Aquatics Open Water Board giving the opportunity to our Athletes to gain qualifying times for SA OWS Nationals.

  • Lomond Partners with De Hoop Vlei MTB

    November 20-22, 2020

    The 2020 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience (Guided MTB ride)  is taking place on the 20th to the 22nd of November. Mountain bikers are encouraged to bring their families along for the adventure. The De Hoop Collection offers not only amazing food, and luxury accommodation (not included with entry fee) but also provides the close encounter wildlife viewing for which the nature reserve has become famous. Entries for the De Hoop Vlei Experience 2020 (Guided MTB ride) are limited, secure your spot for the ultimate experience…

  • 4th Annual Lomond Triathlon

    The 2020 Lomond Triathlon is going ahead.
    And we have joined forces with the guys who brought you the Cross Tri Challenge and cannot wait to welcome you for the 4th edition of the Lomond Triathlon on 12 December 2020.

    Limited entries will be available for this year’s event.
    As a previous participant of our events, you can enter now before entries open to the general public (Thursday at 12:00pm).

    This year we are also introducing a KIDS event, in association with Orca, for kids from 6-14 years of age. The event will take place after the Full and Sprint events to ensure parents are available to support.

  • Farm Family

    It’s times like these that really re-set one’s perspective. While wine is our job, this farm is our life. Our Lomond team may be incredibly diverse, but we are a family because we share this fact. In an effort to focus on the positive during these challenging times – we’d like to take the next few weeks to introduce you to our #FarmFamily. These are the unsung heroes of Lomond and we hope you’ll join us in lifting a glass to them. Cheers!

    Farm Manager – Koos Groenewald

    Cellar Hand – Michek Veruveru