Lothian of Elgin Vineyards

South Africa

In its opulent setting on the banks of the Palmiet River and a private lake in the Elgin Valley, Lothian Vineyards shines in a class of its own. Years of searching for the perfect location finally revealed Elgin’s cool-climate terroir as an elegant setting for growing grapes to produce exceptional Burgundian-style Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Rosé varietals. The Wilson family’s non-interventionist artisanal wine-making technique flows into the feel of Lothian House: a feat of modern architecture, designed with sensitivity towards the environment. Lothian estate is distinguished by nature, positioned in the Kogelberg Biosphere, which possesses 1654 plant species found nowhere else on earth. Once the grapes are harvested, they pass into the hands of the estate’s skilled enologist, Dudley Wilson, who works closely with Richard Kershaw MW. Richard is one of the few Masters of Wine in the world that are actually directly involved in the production process. Under their skillful guidance, the wines evolve into true world-class masterpieces.

Wines

Lothian of Elgin Chardonnay · Profile

The colour is very bright and clear with flashes of yellow and gold. The nose is quite prominent and complex. It starts with notes of very ripe oranges, bananas and tangerine peel. These light fruit notes move to the heavier ones of a tarte tatin made with pineapples. The entry is surprisingly bracing. The fine acidic backbone that gives this wine a lively tension asserts itself immediately. Flavours of yellow citrus, pineapple and nectarines come to the fore. Wood is noted but it is very much in the background. It provides a fragrant base and some texture to the mid palate. This wine has good length and all the while the flavours change in the mouth, the acid stands guard ensuring a very clean finish.

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SKU 829771

Lothian of Elgin Chardonnay · Pairing

An excellent choice with noble fish preparations, flavourful pork and grilled poultry dishes, grilled shrimp and baked scallops in a butter citrus sauce. Also very delightful on its own.

Lothian of Elgin Isobel Rosé · Profile

This well-structured rosé is made with 100% Mourvèdre rapes. It has an enticing pale pink colour reminiscent of pink tourmaline crystals. The nose is soft with impressions of ripe red apples. This leads into a pleasantly surprising sensation of one the driest rosé wines. The fresh acidity heralds a more serious food-style wine. The Isobel Rosé has a wonderful minerality and a superb mouth feel that leads into a complex, long finish.

SKU 829761

Lothian of Elgin Isobel Rosé · Pairing

A refreshing accompaniment to a well-laid out, varied charcuterie board. The Isobel Rosé works well with summer salads, Asian inspired dishes, fresh seafood and flavourful poultry and fish preparations. Nice as well with a backyard barbecue.

Lothian of Elgin Pinot Noir · Profile

The wine has a bold rich colour. This hints at a more substantial style of Pinot Noir. On the nose, spicy oak gives way to violets and forest floor. The entry is silky. The mid-palate weight of this wine is remarkable. There are baked plums and morello cherries to be discovered. The youthfulness of this wine is revealed by the cocoa powder tannins that develop along with hints of dark chocolate and strawberry. The wine was barrel matured for a period of eleven months and lightly filtered prior to bottling to maintain the wines integrity and delicate Pinot flavour spectrum.

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SKU 829762

 

Lothian of Elgin Pinot Noir · Pairing

This beautifully structured, complex Pinot Noir lends itself to be paired with flavourful roasts, cassoulets, mushroom soufflé, and game bird. It is a nice addition to any summer braii, South Africa’s version of barbecue.

Lothian of Elgin Chardonnay Reserve · Profile

The grapes are harvested by hand from specially selected, low yielding lots. The vinification takes place in small vats with natural yeasts to ensure that the integrity of the terroir is retained. This Chardonnay Reserve is the epitome of the Elgin Valley, rivalling all the great white wines from Burgundy.

SKU 858894

Lothian of Elgin Chardonnay Reserve · Pairing

A wine for very special occasions and festive meals. It will enhance noble fish preparations, game bird, veal dishes, and fresh seafood.

Lothian of Elgin Pinot Noir Reserve · Profile

The grapes are harvested by hand from specially selected, low yielding lots. The vinification takes place in small vats with natural yeasts to ensure that the integrity of the terroir is retained. This Pinot Noir Reserve is the epitome of the Elgin Valley, rivalling all the great Pinot Noirs from Burgundy.

SKU 858895

Lothian of Elgin Pinot Noir Reserve · Pairing

A wine for any festive occasion. Excellent choice with duck, Beef Bourguignon, roasted game birds, as well as roasted lamb and venison.