Lanzerac Estate is a jewel of a property, located in Stellenbosch, on the Cape of South Africa. Since its inception in 1692 (indeed, the South African wine industry has been around that long), Lanzerac has been one of the finest producers of wine in South Africa for which it has enjoyed great international critical acclaim. Lanzerac was the first South African wine estate to be featured by the wine club because we believe it was and still is the best of the bona fide wine estates in South Africa that consistently produce world class wine. In fact, this estate turns out exceptional wines of extraordinary quality as well as value, which bodes well for consumers. We sincerely hope to be able to feature more special offerings from this property in the future.
Under the leadership of Christo Wiese, who purchased the Lanzerac wine estate in 1991, Lanzerac has claimed its rightful place among the world's leading wineries. Under Weise's stewardship, the estate has upgraded all of the property's vineyards and built a new modern winery. This massive renewal began in 1996, just as South Africa was emerging from decades of political and economic oblivion under Apartheid. Today, this property's rightful claim to fame is the production of age worthy limited edition wines that proudly uphold Lanzerac's more than 300 year tradition of excellence. Testimony to just how extraordinary the wines are here and how well they can age, a bottle of 1966 Lanzerac Pinotage recently sold for over US $2,000, the highest price ever paid for a South African wine. Weise's efforts highlight the estate's outstanding wines and showcase the enormous viticultural potential of South Africa. And nowhere is this potential greater than in Stellenbosch, the nation's premier wine producing region.
Lanzerac is set amid the stunningly beautiful scenery of the Cape, where it stands as a beacon of progress and a guide for other aspiring South African wine estates. Presently, Lanzerac fashions an outstanding array of wines, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinotage for export. In addition, this great property fashions small quantities of Classic, its super luxury Meritage offering. Classic and the estate's Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon offerings have so far garnered the most fanfare, winning gold medals and four-star ratings from European publications. In addition to crafting fabulous wines, Lanzerac operates the only luxury five star hotel/winery in Africa, so there is ample reason to both taste and see this estate.
Classic is the most stunning wine in Lanzerac's very rich portfolio. Not surprisingly, it is also the most classic and traditional of the estate's wines. A Bordeaux style blend of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%), Cabernet Franc (17%), and Malbec (6%), Classic resembles the finest classified wines of Bordeaux. Yet, it possesses a wholly unique demeanor and flavor, which set it apart from its European brethren. Classic is produced in very limited quantities and then only in vintages that Christo Wiese and his team deem worthy enough to bear the name Classic.