Select Wines Estate Partners: LAMMERSHOEK
Legend has it that the name Lammershoek "lambs corner" originated when ewes and their young lambs sought shelter in the forest surrounding the farm when they felt threatened by the Black Eagle, which is locally also referred to as the "Lammervanger". Lammershoek is situated in the Aprilskloof Valley of the Paardeberg, Swartland with 80 hectares of vineyards at altitudes between 80-300 metres above sea level. White cultivars include old bush vine Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Harslevelu and Marsanne. The reds include Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Pinotage.
The Paardeberg is well known for its decomposed granite soils, very unique terroir and climate. The award-winning wines produced from the Paardeberg's fruit speak for themselves. The challenges to be faced in the vineyards are soils that are poor in nutrients, and of course, low annual rainfall. These factors, among others, lead to low-yielding vines, which produce small, but intensely flavoured bunches.
After being family-owned for many years, Lammershoek was taken over by a small group of investors led by football legend Franz Beckenbauer in 2013. The selection of a unique piece of land in a still unspoilt environment was their choice and reflects their belief that joie de vivre and enjoyment can be brought into accord with personal responsibility for people and nature. A new management team was introduced at the beginning of 2015. The estate is very proud that the vintage 2015 has also blended an extraordinary wine - specially selected by Franz Beckenbauer to be his first "Libero No 5".