Rediscover your Alma Mater

Friday, 27 September, 2013
Stellenbosch - wine capital of South Africa, not only the birthplace of new ideas, popular university town or where lifelong friendships, especially among the youth, are forged, and leaders are formed, but also a place of rich history and culture, and probably the most beautiful town in the country.

Eikestad” (directly translated to Oak City) is indeed the place where everyone who has had the privilege to live or to spend time here, remembers with fond nostalgia.

Lanzerac, with its rich history since 1692, forms an integral part of this town. The estate is the birthplace of the world's first Pinotage, a 1959 vintage bottled in 1961, and a pioneer in the wine industry. How many people have not grown up with the world famous Lanzerac Rosé – in some cases it would have been their first introduction to the wonderful world of wine.

Former students and visitors to Stellenbosch all share a special bond to Lanzerac - ask a Matie of the sixties, seventies or eighties and soon you will hear a story of legendary cheese platters or enjoying that bottle of Rosé on the Lanzerac stoep.

Winemaker, Wynand Lategan and his team felt it necessary to acknowledge this piece of wine history, as well as the young people or young at heart, and in doing so have recently launched the Lanzerac Alma Mater range of wines. Presented in the same iconic teardrop bottle as the Lanzerac Alma Mater Rosé, the range has now been completed with the addition of the Alma Mater White and Alma Mater Red, respectively. This range is aimed at the young or first generation wine drinkers – a range of uncomplicated wines full of fruit and sunshine with a juicy mouthfeel and soft tannins.

The Alma Mater White is a white blend made primarily of Chenin Blanc grapes with a small percentage of Pinot Blanc. The wine is tank fermented in order to retain freshness with a typical tropical nose. The Alma Mater Red, a Shiraz-driven red blend, displays prominent fruit on the nose with a juicy palate ending with soft, supple tannins. The Alma Mater Rosé is a slightly dry wine made from Shiraz and Malbec grapes, fermented in the same way as the white wine to ensure freshness and fruit characteristics - the perfect lunch wine.

‘We at Lanzerac are very excited and proud of the Alma Mater range, and believe that the wine will be extremely popular with the older and younger generation of wine drinkers,’ says Wynand.

The wines are available directly from the Tasting Room as well as select retail outlets nationwide, retailing for approximately R49 per bottle.

For more information contact the farm on 021 886 5641 or email