Lismore wines in the spotlight internationally

Words: Jess Spiro

Lismore Estate wines from Greyton, South Africa, have achieved considerable success internationally in recent reports and commendations from Neal Martin in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Decanter Magazine and Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times. Samantha O’Keefe’s “fabulous” 2014 Syrah is the only SA red to achieve ‘Top 50’ status in Robert Parker’s Top 50 Picks of 2015.  The team at Robert Parker Wine Advocate tasted 30,000 wines, and chose 21 whites and 29 reds.

In addition, the 2013 Lismore Chardonnay scored 91 points, the 2014 Viognier scored 90 points, as did the 2014 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc.

 Renowned wine critic and author, Jancis Robinson, in her Financial Times column ‘Asked a Sommelier!”, cited Lismore Estate’s 2011 Chardonnay as one of her “favourite off-piste wines.” And, just last week, the 2014 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc featured as Decanter Magazine’s “Must Try White” in tasting director Christelle Giber’s column.

Samantha O’Keefe, winemaker, commented; “It’s wonderful, and a little humbling, to get recognition from people and publications like Jancis Robinson, Neal Martin and Decanter Magazine. We continue to do our best to grow and harvest the best cool climate grapes we can, and to make wine which brings out the complexity and nuances that the soil and climate in Greyton allow.” 

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