Karel Esau, Danie Malherbe and Fanie Jumat of Lanzerac Wines.

Karel Esau, Danie Malherbe and Fanie Jumat of Lanzerac Wines.

Lanzerac Wines recently excelled with a 20 year old Pinotage vineyard block in Stellenbosch’s regional VinPro/Winetech Vineyard Block Competition.


A truly South African theme, premium Pinotage blocks older than five years, was chosen as the theme for the competition in this region. Entries were open to wine grape producers from Overberg, Hemel-en-Aarde, Stellenbosch and Elgin.


The Lanzerac team, led by viticulturist Danie Malherbe, impressed the judges with good balance in the vineyard. “It is clear that this block is managed with ultra-premium wines in mind,” said Conrad Schutte, VinPro’s viticulturist in the Stellenbosch region.


Given the age of the block, it was also remarkable that the block showed very little virus symptoms or accumulation of bearers. Soil preparation was done properly, as the root distribution is very good and homogenous, with the presence of very fine roots. According to the judging panel, the irrigation programme was managed meticulously, especially given the dry 2015/16 season.


Henning Retief of Kleine Zalze came in second with a 17 year old Pinotage block and Delvera, under the guidance of Etienne Terblanche, obtained the third place with a 6 year old bush vine.


The VinPro/Winetech vineyard block competition is held annually in the respective regions to identify, celebrate and share best viticultural practices.


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