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. Passion and vision, combined with vines planted at 300 meters, chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.
The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium cool climate grapes. Lismore’s vineyards are planted on slopes at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. The combination of elevation and climate make for an extended ripening period which is roughly 3-4 weeks later than the more traditional wine growing areas in the Western Cape. There are a total of 12.5 ha planted with Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Cabernet Franc.
Lismore Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – Barrel fermentation and extended lees contact contribute to this full-bodied, elegant and well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc. Floral notes of passion flower and fynbos, granadilla and gooseberry on the palate along with an underlying minerality which gives this unique terrior driven wine its signature finish
Lismore Chardonnay 2014 – Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented and matured 11 months in 300 litre French oak barrels. Intense citrus and soft fruit layered with honey and vanilla carried by a distinct minerality and crisp acidity.
Lismore Viognier 2014 – Rich, luscious and a bit decadent. Honeysuckle, peaches and apricot with a lingering citrus finish. A clean fresh acidity supports the extravagance of the nose and the palate. Barrel fermented and aged 11 months.
Lismore Syrah 2014 – Smooth and silky. Blackberry and cherry, slight chocolate undertones, with savory hints of tobacco and leather. Soft and delicious. 18 months in first fill French and American barrels
.Lismore Age of Grace Viognier –
Balance is the key to this wine. Viognier is an aromatic and generous varietal, it benefits from barrel maturation and lees contact with a fuller mouth feel and increased texture. This combined with the firm acid backbone and intense fruit will allow this wine to integrate beautifully and gain further complexity over the next 3-5 years.