Almenkerk is nestled in the Elgin Valley surrounded by apple orchards and produces some of the most unique expressions of traditional varietues we have found to date. The Almenkerk family emigrated to South Africa in 2002 with the aim of following their passion for wine, and have since, firmly established themselves as forces in the local industry.
Almenkerk is a beautiful 100 hectare farm of which only 15ha is dedicated to growing wine grapes. The philosophy of Almenkerk is to let the fruit do the talking and the result is that 90% of the effort happens in the soil. The aim is to nurture healthy, natural soils and vines which result in unique flavours expressions that show in the wines. The oaking of their wines is done very subtly in order to best express the unique flavour characteristics of their fruit.
Almenkerk produces amazingly elegant, well balanced wines that are intriguing to every sense. The flagship range consists of Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanca, Charonnday and Syrah and is complimented by the Lace Range which consists of a Lace Red blend, Lace Sauvignon Blanc and the Lace Rose.
Almenkerk Chardonnay This Chardonnay is a classic cool climate example. Single Vineyard Wine. Minimalist approach with natural settling and wild yeast fermentation in exclusively French oak barrels. Fresh citrus fruit and crisp acidity are balanced by gentle wooding (20% new) and extended lees contact. The result is an elegant Chardonnay with a core of minerality and a lingering finish. Will reward cellaring (5-10 yrs).
Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2015 A classic example of French-style restraint and elegance. A core of Minerality – typical cool climate – drives this wine. The winemaker makes use of traditional winemaking techniques such as lees contact (sur lie) paired with modern techniques i.e. inert press. This combines into a wine with an elegant nose and a texture that lingers. Will improve in the bottle for up to 5 years.
Almenkerk Syrah 2012 – Elgin’s high elevation and diurnal variation, with warm days and cool nights, allow for long ripening time. This translates into complex aromas including dark plum & blackberry and warm, earthy, spicy, slightly meaty notes. Natural settling and wild yeast fermentation. Aged for 16 months in exclusively French oak barrels. Elegantly structured, full-bodied palate. Supple texture with fruit concentration. Fine grained tannins and a long lingering finish. Will reward cellaring.
Almenkerk Merlot 2013 More than 10 years in the making, this estate wine is another milestone in our quest for wines with poise, character and finesse. This elegant Merlot aims to showcase the best our cool climate Elgin Valley can offer; blackcurrant and dark cherry fruit purity supported by a fine, graphite tannin structure showing great depth and length. Will reward cellaring for up to 8 years.
Lace Sauvignon Blanc 2015 An expression of the riper fruit on the farm, this wine is upfront fruity, yet possesses all the hallmark features of cool-climate wines: elegance, core of minerality & balance. The 2011 vintage is made entirely from Sauvignon blanc grapes grown on our farm. The grapes get picked and sorted rigorously to get only the cleanest fruit.
Lace Vineyard Blend 2013 Blend of Shiraz (36%), Merlot (28%), Cabernet Sauvignon (18%), Cabernet Franc (17%), Viognier (1%). Palate of upfront layered fruit supported by 15 months ageing in French barriques. The wine was allowed natural fermentation and extended skin contact before malolactic fermentation in barrel. Natural acidity and purity of fruit make for an elegant wine with a lingering finish.
Lace Rose 2016 What started off as a fun side-line project has turned out to be quite a serious wine. A break from most rosés, this wine is lightly wooded and has a light salmon colour. It is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, picked earlier, in order to get the vibrant fruit flavours. The aroma is of strawberries and some citrus characters. On the palate these fresh fruit flavours are complemented by a savoury character and some light wooding.