ABOUT

Here’s a vinous story that embraces three continents, yet is firmly
rooted in the fertile soils of the Breede river valley. Lozärn wines,
handcrafted on Doornbosch farm, honour a family matriarch while
celebrating a red varietal whose very name evokes images of South
American castanets and sambas!

Join us in raising a glass of captivating Carménère for a toast to
the Smuts family who are nurturing this exotic cultivar far from its
adopted home. The grape is likely to be well-known to travellers
who have sampled the wines of Chile, where it was confused with
Merlot until, during the last decade of the 20th century, studies
proved that the vines were, indeed, Carménère, which had been
lost to Europe since the phylloxera outbreak in the 19th century.

In 2012, winemaker Salóme was enjoying a fine Chilean Carménère
with husband, Sybrand and a true friend. It was love at first sip,
which led to the planting of a Carménère vineyard two years later
on Doornbosch. This is – as far as they can ascertain – the first
single vineyard Carménère for South Africa. The wine bug had
bit, and the Chilean import was joined by several other Bordeaux
cultivars along with Sauvignon Blanc.

Time to unearth a little family history which forms a parallel tale
in the Lozärn story. In 1898 a daughter was born to Robert Müller
and Amy Sedgwick in Fish Hoek and was named Kathleen May.
Her maternal grandfather was Captain James Sedgwick, founder
of the famous Sedgwick’s Old Brown sherry enterprise. Kathleen’s
childhood was shared between Europe and South Africa, followed
by studies at a horticultural college in Warwickshire. The advent of
World War I saw her father serve in the German army, which led
to Kathleen, known as Kay, join her mother and sister in escaping
on a troop train to Switzerland where they settled in Lucerne. This
picturesque city soon found a special place in Kay’s heart.

At the age of 21 Kathleen May married Sebastian Smuts in Harare,
Zimbabwe. They ended up relocating to Somerset West. Here
Sebastian Smuts managed the vast Vergelegen. Kay’s urge to farm
herself saw them buying land in the Robertson valley in 1923,
naming it after her fond memories Lucerne; she farmed mainly with
ducks and chickens. Their only son Ivan Sedgwick Smuts took over
the farm eventually, planting vineyards and orchards. He and his
wife Dianne Beard had three sons, one of whom, Grant Smuts now
runs Lucerne along with his sons Juan-Ivan and Sean-Grant, the
fourth generation.

Lozärn, the Swiss-German pronunciation of Lucerne, was chosen
as the wine brand, and labels are adorned with a skeletal image of
a duck. Granny Kay is also honoured with a fine Bordeaux-style red
blend named Kay’s Legacy.

The maiden vintages of the Lozärn range were released to an
appreciative public at the end of 2017. Success in the form of
gold from the Michelangelo contest for the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
attests to quality and promises future success for this boutique
range, crafted by winemaker Salóme Buys-Vermeulen.

Flagship Kay’s Legacy 2017 is led by 14% Cabernet Sauvignon,
with 28% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Franc and 3% Carménère.

Carménère 2016, is the unique red, and this grape is also used
to produce the 2017 Rosé. The alcohol levels have been kept
moderate with Carménère at 12,5% along with those of the Rosé
and the Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaker Salóme, who marks her 10th year in the industry in
2018, is both passionate and dedicated to her work, describing
it as “sensory science”. She expresses her achievements like this:
“After a full circle of seasons in the vineyard… you get to bottle
your love and passion and share that vintage with others… Forever
captured.”

WINES

CHARDONNAY 2019

Good acidity, beautiful zest of citrus on the nose with apricot and butterscotch to balance the palate. A wine for a night spent with good company beneath a full moon; for a slow cooked Sugo’d’anatra, a Milanese duck ragu.

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CARMÉNÈRE 2017

One will be delighted by cherry notes on the nose and deep purple plums with mocha on the after taste.

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KAY'S LEGACY 2017

Notes of cherry tobacco and plums evoke cherished childhood memories.
A Bordeaux inspired blend in memory of our family matriarch; Granny Kay.

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CARMÉNÈRE ROSÉ 2019

Notes of candyfloss, strawberries and Pink lady apples. A wine for the setting of a summer sun; to be enjoyed with prosciutto, brie and tapas, and good company.

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BLOG

Lozärn Wines: For my valentine, SOUTH AFRICA!

Lozärn Wines: For my valentine, SOUTH AFRICA!

For many Valentine’s Day symbolizes the celebration of love between two people. At Lozärn Wines – we want to extend this love to all things proudly South African and the things that South Africans love! We asked ourselves, what makes us South African? We have 11...

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Visit a boutique winery @ Lozärn Wines

Visit a boutique winery @ Lozärn Wines

A visit to Lozärn Wines is an absolute must but just remember this wine farm is open by appointment only. Not only will the winemaker, Salóme, show you around her little winery but she will also share some of the most fascinating stories with you which is told out of...

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The magic of winter. A Robertson Wine Valley adventure

The magic of winter. A Robertson Wine Valley adventure

Our final taste of the Robertson wine life was a morning spent with Salóme, Sybrand and Grant learning about the history of Lozärn Wines – The Pioneers of Carménère in South Africa. We began with an interactive tasting right in the cellar where all our questions about...

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Celebrating Carménère Day with Lozärn Wines at Janse & Co

Celebrating Carménère Day with Lozärn Wines at Janse & Co

International Carménère Day, November 24, is a celebration of the Chilean wine varietal thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. Known as the ‘Lost Child of Bordeaux’, Carménère was one of the original six red varieties used in the blends of Bordeaux,...

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Guess who is turning 21?

Guess who is turning 21?

I only recently discovered that the variety, Carménère, is in fact considered to be only 21 years old, as it was re-discovered in Chile in the 90s and then officially recognised again in 1998. Why? The dreaded phylloxera, which decimated vineyards across France in...

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CONTACT

Contact

sales@lozarn.co.za

082 576 8093

GPS coordinates

33°58’01.80″S 20°08’12.20″E

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Lozarn wines available at:


Vino Pronto
Wine Concepts Kloof
Roeland Liquors
Wine Concepts Newlands
Caroline’s Fine wine Cellar
Grape DeVine
Wine Village Hermanus
Le Wine Chambre Illovo
Norman Goodfellows (Illovo, Joburg)
Boulevard Cellars (Joburg)
Wine Boutique Agulhas (Cape Agulhas)
La Verne Wine boutique, Robertson
Tops @ Bottelary  (Stellenbosch)
Wine & Co (Hermanus)
Garden Route Game Lodge (Albertinia)
Open Wine
Flat Iron Restaurant (CT)
Janse and Co (CT)
Belly of the Beast (CT)
Burrata Restaurant (CT)
Signature (JHB)
Succulant Restaurant (Robertson)
Wine Tonight (CT)
The Vineyard Hotel (CT)



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