2009 Lammershoek Roulette Blanc, P Kretzel, Swartland, South Africa

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Look out for Swartland’s Lammershoek: a good producer that is moving up the gears. Much of that I think is due to winemaker Craig Hawkins who is moving away from higher alcohol wines i.e. around 13% and towards less extraction through less pigeage. The emphasis here is upon sustainability and minimal intervention and to exploit their parcels of 50-year old Chenin Blanc and Syrah. A blend of Chenin Blanc (55%) complemented by Viognier, Chardonnay and Clairette, the 2009 Roulette Blanc has a very attractive bouquet with nicely integrated French oak that does not overwhelm the fresh lime, grapef