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Lismore Viognier Estate Reserve
Lismore Estate Vineyards
South Africa - Western Cape - Cape South Coast - Overberg

The Lismore Estate Reserve Viognier has always stood out as something special. The expression is dried apricot and fresh ginger with hints of honeysuckle through to a concentrated palate with fresh, clean acidity which supports the extravagance of the palate.

Specifications
Appellation
Cape South Coast - Overberg
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Viognier
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
decomposed shale
Vinification
Vinified using minimal intervention, allowing the wine showcase this special terroir. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 600 liters per ton. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and then racked into 225 and 500 liter Burgundian barrels of which 30% were new, for spontaneous and natural fermentation and 18 months' maturation. Balance was the key to this wine.
Pairings

lobster or gently spiced Asian food.

Reviews and News

2018 Lismore Reserve Viognier - 95 PTS - TA

2018 Lismore Reserve Viognier - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Reviewed in my 2019 and 2020 reports, but still on the market, this comes from a 0.3-hectare block that was planted 17 years ago and survived the fire last year. Rich, complex and concentrated, it has pear and apricot fruit, a hint of nectarine and a patina of vanilla and cinnamon spice. Has tightened up over the last year. 2020-23"
- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2020 Special Report), 95 pts

2017 Lismore Reserve Viognier - 94 PTS - TA

2017 Lismore Reserve Viognier - 94 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"One of two Lismore estate Viogniers reviewed in my 2019 report, this comes from a 0.3-hectare block that was planted 13 years ago. Rich, complex and concentrated, it has pear and apricot fruit, a hint of nectarine and a patina of vanilla and cinnamon spice. 2019-23 Greyton (14%)"
- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2019 Special Report), 94 pts

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2017 Lismore Reserve Viognier - 91+ PTS - WA

2017 Lismore Reserve Viognier - 91+ PTS - WA

wa"On the nose, the 2017 Estate Reserve Viognier is slightly subdued and not as floral as the Age of Grace Viognier, but still with peach and apple blossom aromas. The palate shows a fine and focused texture and has a balanced weight across the mid-palate. The finish reveals a precision and mineral tension wrapped up with a structural elegance that I typically find in Condrieu but finishes on the leaner side. I believe that this wine will get better with time, so hold onto it for a couple more years to allow it time to bloom. - Anthony Mueller"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 91+ pts

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Producer Information: Lismore Estate Vineyards

Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa is Lismore Estate Vineyards. It is here, in the Greyton area, that Californian Samantha O'Keefe found ...
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