Lismore Estate Lauded in Tim Atkin’s 2015 South Africa Report
A trio of white wines from Samantha O’Keefe’s Lismore Estate in Greyton, South Africa have received knock-out reviews from Tim Atkin in his annual South Africa Report.
The Viognier 2013 received particular praise, scoring 95 points and being named as one of the ‘White Wines of the Year’ as well as featuring in the Best Alternative Whites section.
The Barrel-Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and Chardonnay 2013, meanwhile, scored 93 points each and were also named ‘Best Of’ wines.
Lismore itself was named as a ‘4th Growth’ estate in Tim Atkin’s Cape Classification system.
Here are the write-ups in full. Find out more about Lismore Estate’s award-winning wines here.
Lismore Viognier 2013
“The isolated hills above the town of Greyton are clearly a very special site on which to grow Viognier. This release establishes Lismore as one of the best interpreters of the variety in the southern hemisphere, not just the Cape. Focused, creamy and taut, it combines peach and pear fruit, with subtle oak and a lingering finish. Drink: 2015-18” 95 Points
Lismore Barrel-Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2013
“Sam O’Keefe’s Gretyon vineyard is starting to come into its own. Pale in colour and restrained in terms of oak, this has notes of white pepper and pink grapefruit, a touch of gunflint and a sappy, focused finish that’s filled out by a hint of cream. Drink: 2015-18” 93 Points
Lismore Chardonnay 2013
“Grown mostly on shale soils, Chardonnay is the dominant variety at Lismore. Lightly oaked and featuring 50% malolactic fermentation for the first time, this is a significant step up on the 2011, with nutmeg spice, savoury complexity and a shimmering minerally core. Drink: 2015-20” 93 Points