Lammershoek Roulette

£12.75

Is this the perfect Scrabble wine? Lammershoek 'Roulette' is a South African blend of five different grape varieties and if you play the words Lammershoek, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and...

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Is this the perfect Scrabble wine? Lammershoek 'Roulette' is a South African blend of five different grape varieties and if you play the words Lammershoek, Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier anywhere on a standard Scrabble board you will score a minimum of 658 points. Now unassailably ahead of the game, you can pour yourself a glass of this characterful and untampered red and take plenty of time to enjoy its spicy, dark berry flavours, its natural, Rhône-style earthiness and its firm, peppery finish.

The farm was established in 1750, and in the 1970s the then-owner began to plant Tinta Barocca, Carignan and Grenache Noir. In 1995 the farm was bought by Paul and Anna Kretzel, who started to produce wine under the Lammershoek label in 2000 after several years of continuing the farm's tradition of selling its grapes to the Perdeberg Co-operative.


All of the vines are old bush vines between 15-50 years old. There are 9 different Syrah vineyards on the farm; this wine is a selection of 3 different vineyard sites. All the vineyards consist of 'Lammershoek decomposed granite' with varying amounts of available water being allowed through the different clay types. The grapes were handpicked early mornings and cooled overnight. A very rough grape sorting was done to remove any over/under ripe grapes or leaves from entering into the fermentation tank. Partially de-stemmed or left to ferment as a whole bunch. All these different blocks and fermentation techniques were aged separately in combination of concrete tanks, wooden foudre and old barrels for 11 months before careful blending and bottling.


Lammershoek's home in the Aprilskloof Valley, Paardeberg, enjoys a Mediterranean-type climate which brings hot summers and cold, damp winters. Soils of granite and sand give the wines texture, acidity and a degree of perfume on the nose. There are 70 hectares of vineyard, at 80-300 metres above sea level, mostly non-irrigated drylands and all farmed organically (uncertified).

 


The fruit from each vineyard block is handled differently from one year to the next, its individual qualities offering something different to work with at every vintage. No preconceptions are held regarding what the final wine should taste like - the grapes make that decision! For the 2010 vintage, fruit quality was exceptional following an unusually cool vintage, and grapes were hand-picked early in the morning in 20 kg crates. Fermentation took place in open 5-6 ton concrete tanks before being transferred to older 300 litre barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation. The wine was bottled after a few months further storage in concrete tanks. Lammershoek produce their wines as naturally as possible, and no additives are used apart from a small amount of sulfur dioxide. No fining or filtration takes place.


Dominated by dark berry flavours, the wine has an undertow of fresh spice, a dash of pepper on the finish and an overall rusticity redolent of a high-quality Rhone red. It would sit nicely with any lamb dish that involves coriander seeds, or in less complicated moments it would extend a cordial welcome to a really good steak.

Please note: Due to the current pressure on delivery networks we are no longer able to offer guaranteed next day deliveries. Though not guaranteed, we will be placing all standard delivery orders made before 2 pm on a 24 hour service without extra charge.
UK Mainland Addresses

(excludes Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and the Isles of Wight, Man and Scilly - please see below)

Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£4.95

FREE

Most Standard Delivery parcels arrive within 2 working days of placement of your order.

Free Standard Delivery is offered on all orders of £100 or more.
Next Day £6.95

If you place an order by 2pm (UK time), Monday - Thursday, it will be delivered the next day*. Orders placed between 2pm on Thursday and 2pm on Friday will be delivered on the following Monday and orders placed between 2pm Friday and 2pm Monday will be delivered on the following Tuesday.

Saturday £11.95
(all order values)

Orders must be placed online by 2pm Friday to be delivered on the Saturday of the same week, otherwise it is assumed the order is for the following Saturday. Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.

Next Day Before 12noon £12.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Next Day Before 10am £19.95
(all values)

Available for most UK Mainland Postcodes.Orders must be placed online by 2pm for delivery the next working day.

Remote Areas - Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man and The Scilly Isles

Delivery Service Price Additional Information

Standard

£9.95

We can only offer Standard Delivery to these parts of the UK and delivery times will vary locally. Typically, orders placed before 2pm should be received in 3 or 4 working days, although some of the most rural locations may take longer.** Free Standard Delivery to mainland UK addresses on orders over £100.