• Nationwide Tasting Tour

    This July, Lomond winemakers Hannes Meyer and Trevor DeRuisé (LOST BOY Wines) are loading up the bakkie with all the wine it will fit and heading up to Johannesburg. From there they will be heading to Durban and slowly making their way down the coast back to Gansbaai.

    The goal of the journey? Meet as many Lomond Cellar Club members as possible and provide a tasting experience like they’ve never had before.

    You can now tentatively book your tasting. Reservations are open for wine clubs, wine bars, restaurants, and of course private parties.

    Simply fill out the form below with a few more details and we will be in touch. See you this July?

    • Gansbaai to JHB: July 10 – 15
    • JHB: July 15 – 24
    • JHB to Durban: July 24 – 26
    • Durban back to Gansbaai: July 26 – ???
  • Introducing: Seven Rows

    22 years ago the very first vine went into the ground on Lomond. 

    Our goal from the outset remains unchanged; to create South Africa’s finest cool climate wines which are comparable to the best in the world.

    The pursuit of quality is, by definition, incremental and perpetual.

    Over decades, we have studied every slope on the farm, identifying 18 different soil types and where they lie within the vineyards.   Trials have been conducted including different pruning techniques, cover crops and irrigation methods to determine the most effective regime to produce quality grapes.

    We harvest not by block, but per soil type.   This ensures optimum ripeness and preserving each sections unique flavours.  We can accurately identify the distinctive characteristics that terroir imparts.

    Utilising satellite imagery and boots on the ground, we monitor vigour, growth and ripeness.   Varying terroir creates microclimates within each vineyard block.  

    Within each block there are rows of vines which have flavour compounds which are exceptional.  These rows are vinified separately and tasted over and over again in the pursuit of perfection.

    We are delighted to present the 7 Rows Range which expresses the passion, craft and dedication of the team at Lomond.

    Snowbush 2019

    The iconic Snowbush is returning to the Lomond family.

    The last vintage of the wine was produced in 2013. This unique wine is a blend of wooded Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Viognier.  

    On the nose, the wine is showing complex floral and stone fruit notes with a hint of minerality.  On the palate, the wine is soft, rounded and refined with layers of flavours of fruit and citrus notes. The presence of the oak supports the wine and adds complexity.  The natural fresh acidity of this unique wine from Cape Agulhas adds a great liveliness to this wine.

    This complexity and flavours come from very selective sourcing and obsessive attention to detail.

    Only 800 bottles produced >>> Order Now

    Semillon 2019

    A very gentle whole bunch pressing was used to ensure that only the best possible juice gets extracted from the grapes. Juice was fermented in 500L French oak barrels and then left on the lees, in barrel, for 11 months.

    This wine is showing complex aromatics of lime, peach and white pear. On the palate, the wine is showing intense concentration of fruit. The zesty acidity gives this Semillon great freshness and a long lingering aftertaste.

    Only 700 bottles produced >>> Order Now

    Viognier 2019

    Viognier is a traditional Rhone variety that is perfectly suited to the cool climate of Lomond and Cape Agulhas.

    Grapes were hand picked and whole bunch pressed using only the free run quality.  The wine was fermented in 500L French oak barrels and matured in barrel for 11 months.   Viognier is a varietal that benefits from barrel maturation which adds great complexity to the wine.

    Viognier is as a very aromatic variety with hints of floral and sweet spice flavours.

    On the palate, the wine is showing intense fruit with a firm acidity. 

    Only 700 bottles produced >>> Order Now

    Ben Nevis Sauvignon Blanc 2020

    This wooded Sauvignon Blanc is made from a blend of our two Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Pincushion and Sugarbush.

    The grapes underwent a 12-hour skin contact before being drained and gently pressed.  Fermentation was started in stainless steel and after five days was then transferred to barrel to finish fermentation.

    This classic Cape Agulhas Sauvignon Blanc shows white stone fruit with hints of blackcurrant and minerality.  The wine expresses complexity with an explosion of fruit with great structure. The very subtle wood influence adds a beautiful roundness to the wine. The ability to age is ensured by crisp acidity 

    Only 500 bottles produced >>>Order Now

  • Sugar and Spice – Flowering Pt 1

    A little over 3 weeks ago we introduced you to Sugar and Spice. These two vines located on opposite sides of the farm in vastly different soils contribute to two of our most beloved wines: Sugarbush Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Conebush Single Vineyard Syrah.

    We revisit them today in the middle of November, as they begin to take on one of the most critical stages in the vineyard cycle: flowering.

    Before we get into the details of flowering and why our winemakers and viticulturists begin to lose sleep this time of year – let’s first have a look at Sugar and Spice.

    When we last saw them they were in the middle of bud break. Infant leaves were beginning to emerge from the dormant trunks and small shoots were slowly coming to life. Still, when you looked out over the different vineyard blocks, it was mostly wood that filled the view.

    Today it is very different. Our two vines are filled with life as the shoots continue to climb and some leaves reach maturation.

    At the current stage of the vineyard cycle we can see a lot of cultivar-specific characteristics showing through. The two photos above of Sugar (Sauvignon Blanc on the left) and Spice (Syrah on the right) show very contrasting growth.

    Syrah is a vigorous vine. Already its’ shoots are much taller and leaf development much farther along than Sugar.

    But when we take a closer look it’s clear that Sugar is in fact still in the lead as far as the vineyard cycles go.

    Here we see the current flowering status of both vines. To better understand, let’s first discuss this stressful phase of the vineyard cycle.

    Grapevines are hermaphroditic. What this means is unlike many other plants that rely on bees or other wildlife for pollination, vineyards have both male and female parts which allow them to self pollinate.

    These small green balls on what appears to be a very young cluster of grapes are called calyptra. These structures look like undeveloped grapes but are actually little cases containing the flower parts, protected by 5 petals. The stamen, or male part, has already come out on the Sauvignon Blanc. These are the off-white stick structures coming out of the calyptra. On the tips of them are the pollen sacks.

    Soon, the petals of the calyptra will begin to open up and expose the pistil, or female part of the flower.

    It is here where things get stressful.

    Rain and wind are the biggest threats to this stage of the vineyard cycle. These are also two very common weather patterns we receive here in the cool-climate Cape Agulhas region. Too much of either can have a devastating effect on the years yield.

    A 30% pollination rate on a cluster is a tremendous success. However, storms are sporadic and unpredictable here on the Southernmost Tip of Africa.

    What makes this stage particularly challenging is the lack of control one has over it. The ability for the pollen at the end of the stamen to reach the pistil is completely in nature’s hands. A perfect reminder how special each new vintage really is.

    We’ll check back in soon as fruit set begins to develop.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • November for Good

    2020 has been anything but conventional. It has had many of us reprioritizing the things that matter most in life. As Black Friday nears, it was clear we needed to take a different approach this year. One that aligned better with the core values of Lomond which are conservation and community.

    We would like to introduce you to Princess. She is a businesswoman, a conservationist, and a role model for many young women in the Gansbaai area. Her company, Siyanda Alien Clearing, is committed to fighting one of the greatest threats to fynbos: the invasion of alien plant species. She has been battling these invasive plants for 16 years and employs a team of 10 women. Rather than a manager, she acts as a mentor to the members of her team – teaching and empowering them to grow and one day become their own boss, just like she has done.

    Since lockdown, nearly all funding for alien clearing has been halted, leaving Princess and her team out of work. Since most of her workers are the primary source of income for their families, you can imagine the hardship they’ve been facing.

    Further, these alien plants have not slowed their spread with the pandemic. Instead, they’ve taken full advantage of the absence of Princess and her team.

    There are a number of fynbos species that are found nowhere else on earth beyond the borders of Lomond. They exist right here, above the vines, and nowhere else.

    Knowing this and the obvious hardship such a special member of our community has been facing, we hired Princess and her team last month to exclusively tackle a problematic area of the farm where we have started to lose the fight to aliens.

    In just 4 weeks, they have made incredible progress and shown sunlight to fynbos that was nearly lost.

    It is hard and often thank-less work. It’s a never-ending task. However, it is critical for the conservation of fynbos.

    So like many things this year, the old idea of Black Friday just doesn’t add up anymore. Moments are more important than things. Outdoors are far superior to indoors. And we are encouraging everyone to trade the mall for the hills. Grab a nice bottle of wine and head into nature with loved ones.

    And with that, we will be allocating 10% of every bottle of Sauvignon Blanc sold, for the rest of the month, towards this conservation initiative.

  • Alcohol Ban Update 13/07/2020

    Surely you’ve heard the news by now regarding the reinstitution of the country-wide ban on alcohol. It has been a poignant reminder that we are not yet out of the woods when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic. We all share many emotions with these new regulations as jobs and livelihoods hang in the balance. Still, it is not our place to debate the efficacy of such actions. We hold fast to our faith that we are all simply doing the best we can to defeat Covid and to support our fellow South Africans. And defeat it, we will.

    For now, we must first thank you all for your continued support. Our winemaking team in the cellar, the lovely ladies in the tasting room who have learned e-commerce on the fly over these last 12 weeks, and all of the hands out in the vineyards pruning the vines right now are only there because of you. 

    The storm knocked the power out last night. As the rain and the wind howled outside, we had a farm-wide meeting by candlelight first thing this morning. The mood was somber but more importantly it was hopeful. This farm is our home and all of you have become our family. Together, we’ll make it through this again.

    For now, we are working to get clarity on what we can do about orders that have been placed but have not yet been fulfilled. If you are in this group, please look for a note from us shortly on how we are able to proceed. 

    We will continue to take orders through our online shop and would encourage you to take advantage of the deals available there during the ban. We’ve learned A LOT from the first time around and have implemented all new systems starting right now to ensure Lomond wines are the very first in the delivery queues when this ban is lifted. We will continue to inquire with those in the wine industry working directly with the government to get you the most up-to-date info on signs of when we can deliver again.

    Beyond this, we’ve got some more exciting virtual events to bring to you in the coming weeks. Look for info on these soon.

    From all of us here on the farm, thank you. Be well and stay safe.