The “Lammershoek Farms & Winery” is located between Paarl and Malmesbury in the Aprilskloof Valley at the foot of the Paardeberg, around 80 kilometers north of Cape Town in the district Swartland ( South Africa ). It was founded in 1718 by a Dutchman named van Jahrsfeld, but the first vineyards were not created until around 1750. The name “lamb corner” is derived from the legend that in the forest that once surrounded the farm, the ewes and their young sought protection from the Black Eagle, the rock eagle also known as the “Lammervanger”. In 1995 it was purchased by the Austrian couple Anna and Paul Kretzel. The German Stephan family acquired half of the shares in 1999. Finally, the business was taken over in 2013 by a small group of investors led by German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer. Extensive renovations of the farm house and the cellar were carried out, which brought it up to the state of the art. In addition, own storage capacities were created. This was accompanied by a restructuring, Schalk Oppermann was appointed as general manager and winemaker.
The farm extends over a total of 180 hectares. The vineyards comprise 65 hectares of vineyards at 80 to 300 meters above sea level on sandy soils made of decomposed granite. You are with the red varieties Pinotage. Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz ( Syrah ), Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ), Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) Zinfandel and Tinta Barroca, as well as with the white wines Chenin Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay. Viognier. Hárslevelü and Clairette Blanche are planted. Management close to nature takes place according to the criteria of sustainability, Diseases and pests are contained in the most natural way possible. For birds of prey and owls, extra posts were set up in the vines to keep rodents in the vineyards at bay. An artificial one irrigation only takes place in exceptional cases.
After the takeover by Beckenbauer, the im Rhônestil produced red wine cuvée "Libero No 5" presented at their assemblage he was involved and which is named after his former player position and shirt number. The Syrah variety, which dominates with around 70%, Maceration carbonique (Aerated maceration) applied to the tannins soft and to make the wines more accessible. The other varieties Grenache Noir and Carignan Noir are partly destemmed and at the maceration supplemented by adding a few percent Chenin Blanc and Viognier. The wines mature for 11 months in 2000 liter barrels and 500 liter French oak barrels and are then cuvetted. The product range includes around 30 white, rosé and red wines. The winery is a member of the "Swartland Independent Producers".