Philosophy The LRF philosophy is to make unique terroir based wines. As they produce hand-crafted wines, the Fouries have the luxury of harvesting 3 to 4 times through a single block, giving control over the wine’s structure and balance.
“We work with the bounty of nature in a flexible and organic way. It is a hands-on operation and fairly labor intensive. No mechanical harvesting or pruning is done due to the relative size of our boutique wine practices. We believe in making unique, well balanced wines. Our wines are limited edition, individually numbered bottles and only the best from the barrel is bottled and blended.” – Johan Fourie
The Cellar The cellar is the first straw bale cellar in South Africa and also the highest structure of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere (9m at its highest point), as far as is known. It is specially designed to create the perfect climate for winemaking, incidentally reducing the carbon footprint and energy usage substantially.
The cellar is environmentally friendly in contrast to materials such as normal bricks and mortar. The stucco mix plaster rendering contains 50% limestone for breathability. Energy is dramatically saved because of the thermal capacity of straw bales. The cooler cellar climate provides perfect fermentation temperatures and slow maturation — so much so, that straw bales are stacked as a maturation area and some of the barrels are covered with straw bale “blankets” to help with Malolactic fermentation. Those straw bales are then used as mulch in the vineyards after a season or two of serving in the maturation area.
Nose and Pallet Our boutique style Grenache-Pinotage Rosé has a fresh fruity nose with flavours of violets, strawberries and spice, and a lingering gentle finish.
Food pairings It pairs excellent with sushi, chicken, fish and a variety of light meals.
Nose and Pallet: Our boutique style Grenache-Pinotage Rosé has a fresh fruity nose with flavours of violets, strawberries and spice, and a lingering gentle finish. Food pairings: It pairs excellent with sushi, chicken, fish and a variety of light meals.
This Sauvignon Blanc incorporates the best of both worlds of the citrus green pepper nose. The elegantly velvety finish with limey undertones pairs very well the minerality only found on the southern terroir of Buitenstekloof.
This full-bodied red wine has raspberry, dried fruit and a hint of fynbos on the nose with a fruit cake and slight toffee taste. Sweet on the front palate with a good long dry finish. Something truly unique!!
50% Shiraz, blended with Grenache, Mouvedre, Tinta Amarella, Cab Sauv). A medium bodied wine with firm structure, well-matured tannins and a pleasant dry finish. Aged in 3rd fill French oak barrels. Sweet tobacco, smokiness, caramel and fynbos nose.