Lord’s Wines: enjoy serenity, beauty with a glass of award-winning Pinot Noir
Ever heard of a wine and its winery inspired by cricket? Well, there is one and it is called Lord’s Wines, located in the McGregor Valley, inside the Robertson Wine Region of South Africa.
This beautiful, serene and soothing property is inspired by Jacie Oosthuizen, the owner and founder, whose love for cricket is so high that he aptly named his winery after London’s world famous cricket ground, Lord’s.
And with that, Lord’s Wines has 12 shareholders, just like cricket’s 12 players, and each shareholder has a piece of land on the property to put up a building. And those buildings are uniquely crafted with wood and thatch roofing that they just do not look like other buildings in the vicinity.
Last week, a group of journalists from Accra, Ghana embarked on a tour of wineries and vineyards in several wine growing regions of South Africa to learn more about winemaking from harvesting to bottling and one of the wineries on the list was Lord’s Wine.
Having already visited some vineyards and cellars, the team expected the usual tour of farm through cellar and then tasting of wines.
But what they experienced was not just mind-blowing but memorably worthwhile. Apart from the majestic view of the slopes and mountains, the team was proud to be enjoying the view of the Robertson Valley from its highest point.
Met by Melane and Jacques Oosthuizen, two siblings who passionately serve as sales and PR managers, respectively, Lord’s Wines is uniquely situated to best tell the South African wine industry story.
Telling the great story of Lord’s Wines, Jacques, noted that the winery, which, though young, has produced some of the best and acclaimed wines, especially Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which have won many awards.
He explained that his family has farmed fruit, vegetables and export Proteas, but when his father was in charge of the farm, he attracted a few passionate wine lovers to invest in a dream of owning a cellar that produces iconic, world class wines. This marked the establishment of Lord’s Wines in 2003.
Today, the wine farm of 33ha is part of the original Oosthuizen farmland and the cellar, which holds all the modern equipment to produce world class wines, was built in time to receive the maiden harvest in 2006 and bears testament to the involvement and energy of Lord’s shareholders. The market reaction was positive and the maiden Pinot Noir was soon sold out.
And no one needs to tell you that these wines are indeed iconic and deserving award winners. After some rounds of tasting, every member of the media team agreed that Lord’s Wines, indeed, make some of the best wines in the world.
The Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, though dry are smooth on the palate and lingers on longer than you can imagine. They are so great you just want to drink more.
Being 500m above sea level, it is the perfect climate to grow Pinot Noir grapes, and wherever there are Pinot Noir vines, there is Chardonnay. All the wines are produced from the vineyards of Lord’s. With Pinot Noir as batsman, Lord’s won numerous golden awards for it.
Lord’s Methode Cap Classique (MCC) Brut, being a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has won the Amorim Challenge title as Best non-vintage Brut in South Africa 2014 and the MCC Brut Rosé, which is 100percent Pinot Noir, won Double Gold at the Vitis Vinifera Awards.
Following include some of the other awards this young but impressive winery has won over the past half decade:
- Vitis Vinifera Awards 2016 Double Gold- MCC Brut Rosé Gold- MCC Brut Gold- Chardonnay 2015 Gold- Pinot Noir Rosé 2016 Gold- Pinot Noir 2012 Gold- Shiraz 2011 Gold- Three Barrel Shiraz 2012
- Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2016 Bronze- Three Barrel Shiraz 2012
- Michelangelo 2014 Gold- Lord's Sauvignon Blanc 2014
- Michelangelo 2013 Gold- Lord's Pinot Noir 2011 Gold- Lord's Shiraz 2010
- Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 Silver- Lord's Sauvignon Blanc 2012
- Michelangelo 2012 Gold- Lord's Pinot Noir 2010 Silver- Lord's Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011.
The next time you find yourself in the Robertson Valley, do not hesitate to drive up high on the northern slopes of the mountains surrounding Robertson, about 10kilometres outside McGregor.
There, you will stumble across a gravel road that will lead you on the road to nowhere. At the end of this striking rainbow you will find Lord’s Wines, cradled amidst fynbos and Proteas.
To top off the day, the media team was treated to lunch in the winery prepared by the mother of the winery, Mrs. Oosthuizen. Paired with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and some fantastic conversation, the media team couldn’t help but dream about more wine.
As demand increases for Lord’s Wines, the winery is seeking to expand its vineyards and bottle more wine but with the countryside surrounding Lord’s vineyards abundant with outstanding flora and bird life, it is Lord's aim to preserve all the indigenous beauty that nature has provided.