VITICULTURIST: The passion and dedication that goes into tending Lanzerac’s vineyards is thanks to our viticulturist, Danie Malherbe, who has been at the helm at Lanzerac since 2008. Danie bases his success in the vineyards on his simplistic philosophy, which is respect, modesty and fairness. He firmly believes that by applying these three principles you’ll never be disappointed with the outcome.
With this philosophy he is able to ensure quality vineyards through detailed planning, as well as implementing attainable goals and teamwork.
ESTATE LOCATION: Lanzerac is located against the western foothills of Botmaskop in the Jonkershoek Valley, and comprises 150 hectares of which approximately 45 hectares are planted under vines. The remaining 105 hectares are left as
SOIL : The farm has rich and fertile Tukulu soils, with a lot of decomposed granite against the foothills of Botmaskop. Each vineyard’s soil is managed differently according to the varietal, soil type and the potential of both.
ALTITUDE: Vineyards range from 100 – 500 meters above sea level and contains northerly and westerly facing slopes.
VINEYARDS : The age of the vineyards vary from newly planted in 2017 to 22 years. Since 2012 Lanzerac vineyards have been
undergoing extensive new vineyard developments, as well as eradicating old vineyards, with the biggest increase in Pinotage and Chardonnay plantings.
Lanzerac’s vineyard practices are all aimed at achieving the perfect balance between healthy vines and low yields to produce the best quality wines. Soil samples are taken every three years to determine the well-being of the soil, whilst leaf samples are analyzed annually to determine the type and quantity of fertilizers needed.
BEST PINOTAGE VINEYARD IN STELLENBOSCH:
In January 2016 Lanzerac won the the prize for the best Pinotage vineyard in the greater Stellenbosch region, a competition spearheaded by VinPro and regarded as the crème de la crème for viticulturists in the wine industry. This competition gives recognition to wine grape growers who apply the best viticultural practices in their vineyards, thus making a valuable contribution to the industry.
WHITE GRAPES: (± 40%)
Chardonnay 8.27 ha
Sauvignon Blanc 1.82 ha
Pinot Blanc 1.07 ha
RED GRAPES: (± 60%)
Pinotage 9.19 ha
Merlot 6.22 ha
Cabernet Sauvignon 5.34 ha
Shiraz 3.48 ha
Petit Verdot: 1.2 ha
Malbec: 0.92 ha