Hallgarten & Novum adds Lismore Estate Reserve range
Hallgarten & Novum Wines has added the Lismore Estate Reserve range of wines to its portfolio.
The range, created by owner and winemaker Samantha O’Keefe, showcases the estate’s premium offering from the cool climate terroir of Greyton, South Africa.
The Estate Reserve range (priced between £39.99 and £42.99) is a careful selection of the very best expressions of the Lismore terroir, according to the producer. The wines are produced from vines planted in shale soils over clay, dry land, farmed at a high altitude.
Hallgarten & Novum Wines portfolio director, Jim Wilson, said: “The Reserve wines from Lismore are unbelievable and we are thrilled to have them as part of our South African portfolio. We have seen first-hand the development of Sam’s wines and the awards she receives are testament to her hard work, knowledge and winemaking skill, and the Reserve range is a culmination of years of commitment to her vineyards. We can’t wait for what she has in store for us next!”
O’Keefe commented: “Having pioneered a new extreme cool-climate region in South Africa, I chose to release an Estate Reserve range to tell a very clear story of what the vineyards are capable of. The wines, from very low yielding vineyards, taste like no others grown in South Africa, which is exciting. I wanted to draw attention to the diversity that is possible in South African terroir. These barrel selections are my showcase of this very special place on earth.”
O’Keefe moved to South Africa from her home in California and said she has found “paradise and the perfect terroir” at Greyton. Vines are planted at 300 metres, and they are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun. The result is classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and hand-crafted.
Hallgarten will now be able to distribute a range of wines to the off and on-trade in the UK, including Lismore Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2017, which is fermented and aged in older, neutral 300-litre barrels. The larger barrel format is believed to keep in a tight minerality and purity in the wine.
The Lismore Estate Reserve Viognier 2017 is an expression which presents flavours of dried apricot and fresh ginger; while the Lismore Estate Reserve Syrah 2017 is “an elegant, perfumed bright expression of the grape”.
The newcomers join wines from the producer in Hallgarten’s portfolio, including a Chardonnay 2016, Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Viognier ‘The Age of Grace’ 2017, Syrah 2016 and Pinot Noir 2016.