Whilst they may claim a heritage that extends back to 1688, the real story here began in 1997 when Dana Buys, in partnership with his brother Etienne bought this stupidly beautiful estate between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. When the neighbouring farm of Wolve Kloof came onto the market shortly thereafter Dana scarcely hesitated before adding that to the family property portfolio and, in so doing, restoring the boundaries of the property as they had existed in 1783. Subsequently, they have acquired 57 hectares in the slightly cooler climate of Elgin where the focus is on Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir.
Winemaker, Susan Erasmus has developed a broad but uniformly impressive range covering a wide range of styles from just off-dry Riesling to a strikingly good Bordeaux blend – Boet Erasmus; this latter wine is one of three from the estate to find its way into the 2017 SA Top 100.
85% of the estate’s wines are currently sold on their domestic market – here’s hoping that we can tweak that number and see sales in the UK reflecting the quality and value on offer.
The Lady J Syrah is made from Shiraz grapes and is the perfect example of how fruit from two different terroirs can harmonize to create a beautiful wine, showcasing the best of both regions. This appealing Shiraz is an elegant wine with supple fruit and spice balance prompting the name change to Syrah. The grapes were picked by hand, the selected blocks fermented separately and only blended after maturation.
The Shiraz grapes from Simonsberg-Paarl showcase violet and plums, whilst the Elgin grapes bring in a darker character with spicy notes and black pepper. Smooth tannins on the palate confirm the promise of this elegant wine. Velvet textured layers follows through to a juicy mouth-feel.