This heritage month, Lanzerac will be proudly showcasing its heritage with the launch of the unique Keldermeester Versameling Kurktrekker 2018. Created by Lanzerac Cellar Master Wynand Lategan, Kurktrekker 2018 consists of three grape varieties, namely Cinsaut (68%), Alicante Bouchet (20%) and Cabernet Franc (12%).
Alicante Bouchet, a unique teinturier grape variety with a long and fascinating history, is one of the few red grape varieties that produces red-coloured juice. It was one of the first grapes mentioned in Mrs English’s, one of the first owners of the Estate, Catalogue of household belongings that was auctioned off after her death in 1929. As such, this grape varietal is deeply linked to the history and heritage of Lanzerac.
An Estate rich in history and heritage
Lanzerac is steeped in history, having been established in 1692, just 13 years after the town of Stellenbosch itself, and is the third oldest farm in the area. The first owner was Isaac Schrijver, who planted the first vineyards and named the farm Schoongezicht, meaning ‘wonderful view’.
Elizabeth Catherina ‘Kitty’ English bought Schoongezicht in 1920 and renamed it to Lanzerac. The Manor House and Werf, which now stands proud as a Provincial Heritage Site, underwent significant changes and the estate was transformed into one of the most modern wineries in the Cape. It was also Mrs English who produced the first wine under the Lanzerac label.
The Estate was bought by Jacobus Tribelhorn in 1934, five years after Mrs English’s passing, who extended the Manor House in her memory. He continued her legacy of producing wines of exceptional quality, a legacy which Lanzerac continues to this day, almost nine decades later.
In 1942, Angus Buchanen took ownership of Lanzerac. He dedicated his time to perfecting the art of wine-making and took the Estate’s reputation to another level by winning several awards for the wines, sherry and brandy that he proudly produced over a period of 9 years and, in doing so, established Lanzerac as a leading brand.
It’s all in the name
‘Kurktrekker’, an Afrikaans word for ‘corkscrew’, is named after a well-known and unique mountain route, The Jonkershoek Kurktrekkers Neck, in the Jonkershoek Valley, the home of Lanzerac. The route resembles a corkscrew, hence its name, and links the first and second waterfall to the Panorama Route.
Lanzerac Cellar Master Wynand Lategan was born and bred in Stellenbosch, making him the perfect fit to create the unique Keldermeester Versameling Kurktrekker that encapsulates the spirit and heritage of the Estate. Kurktrekker 2018 is one of Lanzerac’s unique wines honouring some of the key role players in the Estate’s heritage.
Says Lategan, “The Keldermeester Versameling Kurktrekker 2018 has a floral nose with earthy undertones. The palate is silky with an understated length on the palate. While the three varieties each lend its own character to this unusual wine, the end product fits together seamlessly.”
He continues, “Wines should add joy and friendship to life, create memories of an occasion, place or the people you share it with.”