Van Loggerenberg Break a Leg Chardonnay
Regular price $21.00
Winemaker: Lukas Van Loggerenberg
Appelltion: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
The name of this wine pays tribute to Lukas’ first vintage in 2016. Lukas had to undergo two big knee surgeries in his first harvest and is stylized by the leg in a brace on the label and the silhouette of the man plotting his next move. With the help of great friends and family it all came together in the end and this wine is a celebration of hard times that you have to overcome and to never give up. In the same way one wishes a performer to “break a leg”, the name celebrates all the hard work to achieve said goals. The crane and starling emphasize his South African heritage. Lukas feels that getting a mix of granite and clay soils helps provide a balance between freshness and texture in this wine.
All grapes were whole bunch pressed, and the juice was left overnight to settle in a stainless-steel tank without any settling enzymes. The next day the settled juice was racked to a stainless-steel tank where the wine fermented naturally at cold temperatures. The wine went through malolactic fermentation, and it spent 9 months in tank before bottling. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wine.
Lukas arrived in the South African wine scene in a very unassuming manner. He didn’t grow up surrounded by wine and his overseas work post-graduation from Elsenburg College (not the more famous Stellenbosch University) was working two harvests on the East Coast of the United States. He didn’t even work in the Finger Lakes or even Long Island, but at a small winery in the Western Connecticut Highlands AVA. Lukas then returned to South Africa and worked at the obscure Druk My Niet Estate in Paarl.
In late 2015 he and his former college roommate Reenen Borman (Boschkloof) decided to take a holiday with their wives to the Loire Valley, where a visit to Domaine de la Chevaliere forever changed his life. After that trip he told his wife Roxanne that he wanted to make the switch from a being salary-earner to going out on his own.
He has gone from a small makeshift cellar to a medium-sized, organized cellar that he shares with his good friend Franco Lourens of Lourens Family Wines. For Lukas, the camaraderie of life is what makes wine all worth it. He is devoted to patches of soils scattered throughout the Western Cape, and he likes to think of himself as a farmer rather than a winemaker. He reveres the land, and as a result he chooses to make his wines in the most natural manner, eschewing the use of any additions other than sulfur dioxide. His rise to the summit of South African winemaking in a very short time speaks to Lukas’ pursuit of knowledge and his love of friends and family.