Lekkerwijn


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Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright, ‘Winestyle’
“…..about as serious a rosé as you’ll get. The name is playful but the wine is savoury and begs for a meal.  Platter gives it four stars, which is rare for a rosé, and I totally agree, it’s worth it.”

 Andrew Farrant, ‘Winestyle’
“…serious wine?! Traditional. Straight but classy”.

Andy Hadfield, ‘Winestyle’
“Yes! I love it.”

Pieter de Klerk ‘Wine Extra’
“Sweet and spicy complexity on the nose with a hint of bread. After a while the Shiraz really stands out. Very lively mouthfeel…..05 and 07 vintages at four years of age (are) wonderful, interesting wines…”

Robyn Saul ‘Wine Extra’
“….I may have sworn this was a red wine. Has that complex, meaty nose of an interesting Shiraz, followed by, well, more red wine flavours!…..it’ll match a good salad and a steak.”

Ellen Crabtree ‘Wine Extra’
“The nose is of medium intensity and strongly herbal in character with redcurrant aromas. I am reminded of red wine. The flavour is intense, the acidity high, and I get herbs and serious red cherries. It’s an interesting wine….”

Food & Home Entertaining
“rich, berry-driven … more food friendly than most”

Ingrid Motteux, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“Coppery pink … Dry, serious style with broadly textured mouthfeel & savoury, spicy aniseed length. Tastily different.”

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
“Food-friendly (not a euphemism for “dull”) with ample spice and a lovely savoury vinosity – quite unlike the many bland apologies now flooding the market.”

Jean Pierre Rossouw, ‘Best Life’
“Mellow peach and honeysuckle scents lead to a full-flavoured mouthful, packed with ginger spice and fruit, which lingers.”

David Biggs, ‘Cape Argus’
“Top scoring rosé … serious …packed with complex flavours, is bound to impress and enchant your guests.”

‘Essentials’
“A stunning rosé that is an unusual blend … It’s a complex, dry version that stands up to food with a bite.”

Joanne Simon, ‘Wine’
“top quality … combines apricot freshness with red fruit and enticing spice … innovative”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
“One of the best & most characterful dry Cape rosés. 06 reverts to more vinous, savoury style of maiden 04; dry, firm, touch more concentration & red-wine length. Delicious and food-friendly.” RATING * * * * [Rated best rosé in the Guide for three years running.]

Hugh Johnson, ‘Pocket Wine Book’ 2008
“Intriguing”

Giuam de Korte, ‘Citizen’
“After taking my first sip of their rosé, fittingly called Lekkerwijn, I realised that this would be the drink of the summer! It is amazingly refreshing, unusual and in one word, superb! Widely recognized as probably the best dry rosé ever to have come out of the Cape, it is an unusual and exciting blend … A more serious and complex rosé than most South Africans are probably used to. Its colour is a deep salmon with golden tints and gorgeous hints of peachiness and even cinnamon, resulting in a dry, complex and food-friendly rosé sure to knock your socks off! Whatever you do this summer, be sure to grab a case or two.”

Mary Jane Harris, ‘woman&home’
“This stunning oak-matured rosé [has] elegance and freshness … onion-skin colour, luscious herbal aromas with hints of cinnamon”

Jacqui Latimer, ‘Good Taste’
“a temptress in shimmering pink and gold who’ll steal your heart and leave you dreaming of spiced apricots.”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide – 2007’
“One of the best & most characterful dry Cape rosés. Finely tuned 05 echoes 04’s pink/gold glints, touch more spiced apricot/peach enticement; presence without showiness; firm, dry and exceptionally long” RATING * * * *

Allan Mullins, ‘Taste’
“even more alluring than his maiden 2004 … A deeply coral colour, the wine combines rich red spicy fruit with aromatic peach and apricot freshness. Unusual, enticing and unique. It gets my vote as the most innovative wine released in South Africa in many years.”

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
“a year later and the stars have been reached and the spice rack too. The much trumpeted rose renaissance has arrived”

Graham Howe, ‘Upfront’
“a coppery colour and a delicious, dry finish; an intriguing wood-matured blend”

Emile Joubert, ‘Rapport’
“baie goed”

Michael Olivier. ‘Food 24’
“a serious Rosé”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide – 2006’
“everything about [it] is delicious. Fashioned on traditional French style, reaches new level of quality, individuality in Cape. Twinkling peachy pink/gold glints; beautifully dry, firm; sound nip of tannin adds to overall food-friendliness.” RATING: * * * *

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
“probably the best [rosé] produced in the Cape … this is one of a few wines that could bat comfortably in the company of a fine Tavel from the southern Rhone”.

Michael Fridjhon, ‘The Weekender’
“undoubtedly the best wine of its kind in SA”.

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
“absolute convincingness. If there’s a better, more sophisticated and pleasing rosé locally, I don’t know of it. It’s packed solid with elegant, dry fruit; clean, fresh and immensely drinkable … The wooding … is a model lesson in good practice: it works to help hold all the components together without adding any overt flavour.” RATING 16

John Platter, ‘The Ridge’
“Delicious … stands out from a small crowd: quiet herby nose, almost savoury fynbos flavours, attractively different.”

Graham Howe, ‘Upfront’
“the top-rated rosé in the Cape”

Emile Joubert, ‘Rapport’
“Praat van lekker … word beskou as waarskynlik die beste rosé wat die Kaap gesien het.”

David Biggs, ‘Cape Argus’
“a splendid dry rosé … interesting blend … delightfully crisp and complex”.

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
“admirably dry and fruity, with a flavour complexity to keep the brain cells ticking over”.

Ludwig Maske, ‘Franschhoek Tatler’
“the most serious Cape rosé I’ve tasted”.

Carrie Adams, ‘Wine’
“simply delicious … a must”

Jenny Crwys Williams, ‘Radio 702’
“this rosé just blew my skull off … a very elegant wine … just gorgeous, a sexy, non-sweet rosé; its almost cellestial.”

Greg Landman, ‘SA Country Life’
“[A] very serious rosé, the first from the Cape to combine the Rhone varietals of Mourvedre, Viognier and Grenache. The first thing you will notice is is that this wine has never heard of blushing. It is a deep red-onion-skin colour, and reveals its nine months of wood maturation instantly. It is complex, as one would expect from this kind of blending, a gamble that pays off in spades. Full of body and completely dry in the mouth … a worthy addition.”

Myrna Robins, ‘Weekend Argus’
“delightful … salmon-coloured elegance”.

John Maytham, ‘Cape Talk’
“the best [rosé] available at the moment … a really, really dry crisp and delicious rosé … a very lekker wijn indeed.”

Graham Howe, ‘Upfront’/’South African Wine News’
“a delicious dry rosé that is making waves on the market.”

Graham Howe, ‘House & Leisure’
“a dry, rich rosé”.

Carrie Adams, ‘Northern Suburbs’
“A simply delicious rosé … Layers of peachy fruit and mellow oak. A must!”

Diana Proctor, ‘Natal Mercury’
“deliciously dry”

Abigail Donnelly, ‘Eat In’
“quite different from the quaffing norm … a full-bodied wine with enticing hints of cinnamon and a luscious herbal aroma … Ideal for relaxed lunches”.

Sonja Burger, ‘Farmers Weekly’
“robust and bone dry”.

Jean-Pierre Rossouw, ‘Cape Times’
“my current favourite”.

Jean-Pierre Rossouw, ‘Condé Nast House & Garden’
“Berries and light spice, lingering flavour.”

Kim Maxwell, ‘House & Leisure’
“Dry and drinkable … unusual grape mix”.

Jos Baker, ‘Seasons’
“freshness and fruit, combined with body and mouthfeel. A complex rosé that’s perfect for summer, but is also a serious wine; dry, wooded and full-bodied, with maturation potential.”

Kim Hoepfl, ‘Food & Home’
“A very delicious combination … flavourful … with relatively low alcohol its made for lunchtime or sundown sipping. It is also highly versatile food wise”.

Peter van Noord, ‘Home’
“A delicious summer wine.” “‘n heerlike someryn.”

Allan Mullins, ‘Taste’
“An exciting new wine … The most individual rosé in South Africa, it has almond nuttiness, light cinamon spiciness and fresh red fruits”.

Justine Drake, ‘Shape’
“easy drinking and … supremely ‘lekker’.”

Louisa Holst, ‘Woman’s Value’/’Dit’
“dry and fruity … elegant blend”./ “‘n heerlike droe en vrugtige roséwyn”.

‘Essentials’ magazine
“a delicious blend … wonderfully full-bodied for a rosé.”

‘Icon’
“the cause of much glass clinking”

2012 Vintage

This dry rosé is a blend of Grenache Noir (61%), Mourvèdre (26%) and Viognier (13%) and was partially matured for eleven months in seasoned French oak. It has a full mid palate, supported by concentrated fruit and a mineral core. The nose shows bright red fruit with raspberry, strawberry and apple notes. Alluring light salmon colour.
Alcohol 14% vol
Residual Sugar 2.1 g/l
Total Acidity 6.3 g/l
pH 3.34
Recommended retail price ZAR67.00
Click here for the full Lekkerwijn 2012 Wine Profile

2011 Vintage

Is a blend of Mourvèdre (49%), Grenache (35%) and Viognier (6%).  The wine was matured for twelve months in seasoned French oak. It is complex and full-bodied with an intense fruit flavour, an elegant finish and an alluring deep salmon colour.
Alcohol 13% vol
Residual Sugar 4.9 g/l
Total Acidity 6.9 g/l
pH 3.34
Recommended retail price ZAR56.00

Click here for the full Lekkerwijn 2011 Wine Profile

2010 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of Shiraz (34%), Mourvèdre (30%), Grenache (27%) and Viognier (9%).  The wine was matured for six months in seasoned French oak. It is complex and full-bodied with an intense fruit flavour, an elegant finish and an alluring deep salmon colour.
Alcohol 12.5% vol
Residual Sugar 3.4 g/l
Total Acidity 6.2 g/l
pH 3.36
Recommended retail price ZAR67.00
Click here for the full Lekkerwijn 2010 Wine Profile

2009 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of Viognier (28%), Grenache (43%) and Mourvèdre (29%). Made from grapes specifically selected for the production of a rosé. Fermented for nine months in seasoned French barrels. Viognier fermented separately and added to rosé prior to bottling. Dry, complex and full-bodied with intense fruit flavour and an elegant finish.  Deep salmon colour.
The alcohol content is 12.88% Vol
Residual sugar 6.1 gm/l
Total acidity 5.9 gm/l
pH 3.23
Recommended retail price ZAR64.00
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2007 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of Viognier (58%), Grenache (33%) and Mourvedre (9%). Made from grapes specifically selected for the production of a rosé. Fermented for nine months in seasoned French barrels. Viognier fermented separately and added to rosé prior to bottling. Dry, complex and full-bodied with intense fruit flavour. Deep salmon colour.
The alcohol content is 13% Vol
Residual sugar 2.3 gm/l
Total acidity 5.6 gm/l
pH 3.22
Recommended retail price ZAR64.00

2006 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of Viognier (39%), Grenache (19%) and Mourvedre (42%). Made from grapes specifically selected for the production of a rosé. Fermented for ten months in seasoned French barrels. Viognier fermented separately and added to rosé prior to bottling. Dry, complex and full-bodied with intense fruit flavour. Deep salmon colour.

The alcohol content is 14% Vol
Residual sugar 2.7 gm/l
Total acidity 6.23 gm/l
pH 3.08

2005 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of free-run Mourvèdre (33%), Viognier (38%) and Grenache (29%) matured for 10 months in seasoned French oak. It is a full bodied and complex rosé. The lees was stirred constantly to enhance colour and body.
The alcohol content is 13% vol
Residual sugar 2.3 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.4 gm/l
pH 3.42

2004 Vintage (Sorry – Sold Out)

Is a blend of free-run Mourvèdre (40%), Viognier (38%) and Grenache (22%). This is a full bodied and complex rosé. The lees was stirred constantly to enhance colour and body. The blend was matured for 9 months in seasoned French oak.
The alcohol content is 13%/vol
Residual Sugar 3.2 gm/l
Total Acidity 6.2 gm/l
pH 3.35

Solms-Delta Lekkerwijn

Lekkerwijn is a free-run blend of Mourvèdre, Viognier and Grenache. A full bodied and complex rosé wine. The lees are stirred constantly to enhance colour and body. It is matured in seasoned French oak. A complex rosé, dry, wooded and full-bodied with maturation potential.

Lekkerwijn (meaning ‘good wine’) celebrates Solms-Delta’s rich history. Lekkerwijn is the name of the farm adjoining Delta, now largely incorporated into it. The first owner, Huguenot Henri l’Ecrévent, was granted the property in 1690. Locals, unable to pronounce his name, solved the problem by dubbing him Arie Lekkerwijn. He was slain nine years later by the first owner of Delta, Hans Silberbach, who then took flight and was never seen again.

We welcome you to enjoy a tasting of Solms-Delta wines at the estate, and become informed about our wines and interesting winemaking techniques, by taking our Vineyards, Cellar and Wine Farm Tour, or buy our wines available from various stockists and restaurants globally.

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