The Metamorphasis of L’Ormarins

January 19th, 2012 by karen

L'Ormarins Chardonnay 2008

We recently had some friends visiting from Amsterdam and since one of the lads is very interested in motor cars I automatically added L’Ormarins Estate and Motor Museum to their list of “must see’s” whilst on their self-drive trip through the winelands.

What a bonus the suggestion ended up being for us as well, as they bought us a case of this delightful Chardonnay selling at incredible value of only R35 per bottle from the estate (sale ends end-January so hurry while stocks last!) The L’Ormarins Chardonnay 2008 has a lovely golden hue from a little bottle ageing and was made using grapes from L’Ormarins and Elandskloof farms spending  9 months in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. Still showing such elegance and balance this distinctive wine is smooth and rounded with citrus and nutty flavours underlined with tones from the oaking and a long finish.

There is a history behind this brand which is once again going through a bit of a transformation………… When Johann Rupert took over L’Ormarins in 2002, after his brother Anthonij had owned and run the farm since 1969, his main purpose was to build onto the legacy Anthonij had already left and to fulfil many of his dreams. Mr Rupert subsequently did a major re-development of L’Ormarins which saw the building of a state of the art, gravity fed, red wine cellar with a revolving ceiling and tunnels to various other buildings, the Franschhoek Motor Museum and the Drakenstein Stud. He also purchased three other farms across the winelands (Elandskloof – Kaaimansgat, Riebeeksrivier and Darling) which is in line with his belief that specific varieties need to be planted to terroirs which suite the variety in order to ensure optimal quality and varietal characteristic.

With grapes coming into the L’Ormarins cellars from all the different area’s, L’Ormarins essentially became the home of Anthonij Rupert Wines. Thus there was an introduction of the ‘Anthonij Rupert’ range (maiden vintage 2005) which completed the building blocks for the legacy Mr Rupert wishes to leave for his brother. This created the ‘Anthonij Rupert Wines’ portfolio with the flagship ‘Anthonij Rupert’ range, Terroir specific ‘Cape of Good Hope’ range, Italian varietal ‘Terra del Capo’ range and the excellent value for money, lifestyle ‘Protea’ range.

The L’Ormarins label has been shelved. The last few bottles of L’Ormarins Chardonnay 2008 and L’Ormarins Optima are still available from the estate and selected retailers. If the Optima and Chardonnay are your favourites, no need to worry. The Optima will move into the ‘Anthonij Rupert’ range and the price will not change, so look out for the ‘Anthonij Rupert Optima 2007’ with a new label at about midyear, retailing at approximately R130. The Protea range has a Chardonnay which is very similar to the L’Ormarins Chardonnay and will replace it going forward.

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