Lismore - Samantha O'keefe 

The First To Grow Vines in Greyton.

Greyton, South Africa

Lismore was built from the ground up by Samantha O’Keefe, a Californian single mother of two boys in 2003. She singlehandedly established Greyton, located in the Overberg region of South Africa as wine region, Lismore is the first and only winery there.
Sam’s wines displayed finesse, purity of fruit and balance with streaming acidity. A result of skilled winemaking and the unique cool climate site, at 300 metres altitude and poor soils.  The vines, like the owner, has struggled along the way but managed to produce stunning fruit.
In Dec 2019, a bushfire destroyed Lismore Estate and her entire 2019 vintage.   
Though anguished  by the loss, she was not defeated. She remade the vintage 2019 with the grapes donated by other wineries in the region.  We are expecting her 2019 vintage soon and Sam is gradually getting back on her feet.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate's Review
"Samantha O'Keefe of Lismore Estate is a trailblazer who is making some of South Africa's most focused, precise and thoughtful wines. If you are not familiar with Samantha or her wines, you need to seek some out and try them for yourself. South African wine may hold negative connotations in some people's minds, so I hope they try Samantha's wines, as every bottling from her range displayed elegance and beauty.' 

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Lismore 'The Age of Grace' Viognier 2018 - Summergate
Lismore 'The Age of Grace' Viognier 2018 - Summergate

Lismore

'The Age of Grace' Viognier 2018

$263.00

The grapes come from a cool climate region. The conditions allow for the slow ripening which helps develop the aromatics of Viognier and retain acidity. A beautifully fragrant yet crisp Viognier displaying all the hallmark aromas such as honeysuckle, peach and apricots balanced by lively acidity.

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Lismore Syrah 2017 - Summergate
Lismore Syrah 2017 - Summergate

Lismore

Syrah 2017

$383.00

The grapes for the Syrah come from the estate itself in Greyton as well as Elgin. Like the Viognier, it channels the best characteristics of these Northern Rhone grape varieties with coal tar black pepper spice and fragrant violet floral aromas on the Syrah.

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Mas Martinet - Sara Perez

Running One Of The Benchmark Wineries In Priorat.

Priorat, Spain

Sara Perez runs Mas Martinet, the one handed down from her father Jose Luis Perez in 1996. It is one of the founding wineries that brought Priorat into prominence as a fine wine region in the 80s.
Sara did a lot of adjustments in winemaking techniques since she took charge of the winery. She practices minimal intervention in viticulture and vinification. She is also experimenting using clay amphora for ageing the wines instead of barrels. 
Sara is a mother of 3 and besides Mas Martinet, she also runs a winery called Venus La Universal with her husband Rene Barbier. 

Sara Perez is one of the most admired female winemakers by Jancis Robinson along with Lalou Bize Leroy of Domaine Leroy, Helene Genin of Chateau Latour and Vanya Cullen from Cullen.

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Mas Martinet Bru Priorat 2017 - Summergate
Mas Martinet Bru Priorat 2017 - Summergate

Mas Martinet

Bru Priorat 2017

$297.00

An introduction to the Mas Martinet range of wines that can enjoyed when released. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from a single vineyard Mas Seró. It is a ripe, silky wine with vibrancy on the palate and complexity on the finish.


Mas Martinet Clos Priorat 2011 - Summergate
Mas Martinet Clos Priorat 2011 - Summergate

Mas Martinet

Clos Martinet Priorat 2011

$717.00

It is made from grapes coming from plots in the Mas d’en Martinet vineyard. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ageing of this wine occurs in concrete, amphorae, demijohns, barrels both big and small for at least 17 months.


Mas Martinet Els Eurcons Priorat 2016 - Summergate
Mas Martinet Els Eurcons Priorat 2016 - Summergate

Mas Martinet

Els Eurcons Priorat 2016

$718.00

It is made from a single vineyard of the same name of 100% Grenache grown at 600m altitude, the highest llicorella vineyard in Priorat. Whole clusters are put into clay amphorae and crushed by feet before fermentation. The wine is pressed and then aged for another 6 months in amphorae followed by 12 months in demijohns. Around 1900 bottles are made.

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Jane Eyre

A Hairdresser Turned to Be a Winemaker.

Burgundy, France

Jane Eyre-Renard is originally from Melbourne, Australia. After 10 years working as a hairdresser, she wanted a change and winemaking came to mind. A connection through a client took her to Burgundy for harvest in 1998, which then led her to study winemaking and work at the Prince Wine store after she returned to Melbourne. Following several vintages in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, she ended up in Burgundy full circle in 2004.
Wine critic Jancis Robinson once said " I really, really like her wines, even the fleurie."

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Jane Eyre Fleurie 2018 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Fleurie 2018 - Summergate

Jane Eyre

Fleurie 2018

$257.00

Jane’s Fleurie (from 80 year old vines) is floral and luscious with aromas of black cherry and fragrance aided by retaining 50% whole bunches in the ferment. Half the blend spends time in 500L old oak barrels to add roundness, the other half rests in stainless steel.

Jane Eyre Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017 - Summergate

Jane Eyre

Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017

$470.00

The Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Vergeless’ was Jane’s first wine, spice overlays berry fruit on the nose. This wine has depth, intensity and length meriting this reputable Premier Cru site in Savigny Les Beaune.


Jane Eyre Beaune 1er Cru Cents Vignes 2017 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Beaune 1er Cru Cents Vignes 2017 - Summergate

Jane Eyre

Beaune 1er Cru Cents Vignes 2017

$480.00

The Beaune 1er Cru ‘Cents Vignes’ is from a certified organic but practicing biodynamic vineyard. It is forward with hints of violets, blackberry fruit and structured tannins. One new barrel out of a total of three barrels made in 2017.

Jane Eyre Corton Grand Cru 2018 - Summergate
Jane Eyre Corton Grand Cru 2018 - Summergate

Jane Eyre

Corton Grand Cru 2018

$1,121.00

The Corton Grand Cru is black fruited with excellent concentration and structure, like all of Jane’s wines, it is expressive of both the variety and the climat due to the clean and precise winemaking, which allows the fruit and sense of place to shine through.

Kanaan - Wang Fang

Growing Vines In An Arid Area With No Prior Winemaking Experience.

Ningxia, China

Fang Wang Kanaan established Kanaan Winery 2011, she is known for the name ‘Crazy Fang’ for her dream of starting a winery from scratch with no prior experience. The winery is in Ningxia, at the foot of the Helen Mountains and the name refers to the ‘land of milk and honey’.
Ningxia is notoriously arid with low winter temperatures requiring vine burial to protect the vines in the winter, only to dig them up in the spring. This makes growing grapes labour intensive and expensive due to inevitable annual vine loss. Despite these challenges, Fang is determined. She is one of the first Chinese wines to break into international market. Jancis Robinson also said Fang's wine is one of the best in China. 
Kanaan is unique in that Fang makes Riesling, a tribute to her time in Germany. The quality of her wines is an excellent example of the potential for Ningxia as a wine region.

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Kanaan Ningxia Helan Mountain Riesling 2017
Kanaan Ningxia Helan Mountain Riesling 2017

Kanaan Winery

Riesling 2017

$208.00
$180.00

It is full bodied and refreshing, with lemon flavours of lemon, white flowers and a hint of petrol.





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Kanaan Pretty Pony Ningxia Helan Mountain Cabernet Merlot 2013 - Summergate
Kanaan Pretty Pony Ningxia Helan Mountain Cabernet Merlot 2013 - Summergate

Kanaan Winery

Pretty Pony Cabernet Merlot 2013

$338.00

Pretty Pony is the flagship wine from Kanaan. Sourced from Helan Mountain. It reflects the natural Ningxia terroir while continuing to innovate, giving us a Chinese wine of outstanding quality! Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Pretty Pony has many layers, with pronounced aromas of black fruit, coffee, cinnamon and chocolate. It is full-bodied and balanced, with a pleasant level of acidity and tannins.

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Kanaan Black Beauty Ningxia Helan Mountain Cabernet Merlot 2013 - Summergate
Kanaan Black Beauty Ningxia Helan Mountain Cabernet Merlot 2013 - Summergate

Kanaan Winery

Black Beauty Cabernet Merlot 2013

$637.00

‘Black Beauty.’ is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Black Beauty has aromas of red cherry, violet, flint and spices. The mouth is characterized by fresh, perfectly ripe flavors of red cherry and blueberry.