Lomond Wine Estate

Lomond Wine Estate
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The Alchemy of Nature

Lomond is one of very few wineries with a Cape Agulhas District appellation. Located 8km from the sea as the crow flies, the 800ha farm is kept cool by the south-west and south-east winds that blow during the summer months. Its extreme southerly location, proximity to the sea and varied soils with unique terroir, contribute to some very distinctive single-vineyard wines that amply reflect their origins.

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THE ALCHEMY OF NATURE

Location

Lomond is situated in the Uilenkraals River valley, near Gansbaai at a latitude of 34° 34’ South, just 8kms from the sea as the crow flies. The property falls under the Cape Agulhas wine of origin appellation. It is along this southern African coastline that the Indian and Atlantic oceans converge and their influence contributes to the diversity of wine-growing conditions on the farm and the complexity of its wines.

Diversity of Wine-growing Conditions

Vines are cooled during the summer months by south-easterly and south-westerly winds, helping to protract the ripening period and intensify fruit flavours.

The intrusion of granite in the southern portion of the land has created a unique geological formation, where both Table Mountain sandstone and Bokkeveld shale are dominant. There are 18 different soil types identified on the farm, and as many as six different soil types can be found within a single five-hectare block. Altitudes range from 30 metres to 120 metres above sea level. Such variety of conditions helps to create interesting, multi-faceted and layered wines.

To optimise the terroir, renowned soil scientist Dawid Saayman and viticulturist Prof Eben Archer were consulted in collaboration with Wayne Gabb in developing a very specific planting programme, taking into account the diversity of soils, slopes and elevation, that has enabled Lomond to successfully produce a range of single-vineyard wines, as well as varietal and blended wines, all of great elegance, depth and complexity.

To highlight the wealth of floral biodiversity on the farm, several of these wines are named from the natural fynbos species found on the property. Names include Pincushion, Sugarbush, Snowbush, Conebush and Cat’s Tail.

The Climate

Lomond is one of a handful of wine farms in the Cape Agulhas District, one of the coolest parts of the Cape Winelands. From anywhere on the farm, the ocean is visible; in fact it is only 8km away as the crow flies. It is the cooling ocean breezes that allow the grapes to ripen slowlySignificant rainfall during summer makes irrigation almost unnecessary, while the continuous sea breezes keep diseases at bay.

The Vineyards

The owners of Lomond are pioneers. They have taken virgin, unchartered territory and boldly planted vineyards where none had been before. Shiraz, Merlot and Sauvignon blanc were planted first and have shown to be most successful while small pockets of Nouvelle, Viognier, Sémillon, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre have also been planted to assess their potential.

Given the diversity of wine-growing conditions on the farm, the low vigour soils and the vineyard configurations, Lomond lends itself to the production of complex and interesting single vineyard wines.

Upon closer inspection you will notice the exquisite indigenous vegetation surrounding these vineyards. This is called fynbos,part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, a rich and diverse floral kingdom unique to the southern tip of Africa. Great care has been taken to conserve these plants, to eradicate alien ones and encourage the return of indigenous birds, insects and other life.

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