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Lynx Wines Newsletter - March 2012
Venue: Lynx Wines
31 March: 10am - 5pm1 April: 10am - 4pm   
Venue: Leopard's Leap  Franschhoek 
by Dieter Sellmeyer A wine that every year sells out.  This year we have increased our production (yet) again and hope to meet demand.

100% from the Merlot grape, we harvest the grapes early to give the wine it's characteristic fresh zestiness.  Then we ferment at low temperatures to maintain the strawberry and peach flavours.  This year's is perhaps a shade paler but with a more pink hue.  Apart from that very similar to the previous vintages and every drop as good.
100% Merlot
Alcohol: 12,5%
 Stocking upSOUTH AFRICA Beat the price increase by ordering in the next 4 days.

Click here to place an order online.
  Cape Town:  
  • Wine Concepts, Newlands
  • Vino Pronto, Gardens
  • Sandton Village Cellars - Bryanston Shopping Centre
  • Norman Goodfellows, Illovo
  • Bootleggers, Fourways
  • Knysna Liquors
  • Liquor City
Port Elizabeth:
  • For the Love of Wine
    072 5662 692
Denmark - Due's Vinhus
Sweden - Ravine Wines
UK,Ireland, Austria... - Lynx Wines
Namibia - Gatheman's 061 223853
Holland - Winelands
Tanzania - Fig Tree
Switzerland -
Wein Wenger
Belgium: The Tasting Room Company

  Dear Friends

At a time when days and nights seem to be all about crushing grapes, yeasts, pump-overs, punch downs and pressing, one needs a bit of inspiration to sit down to write a newsletter.  On my early morning walk from the house to the cellar this morning I got exactly that.  On the lawn next to a block of Viognier were around twenty guinea fowl, two hadeda ibis, one wood hoopoe and one female peacock! 
The guinea fowl and hadedas are nothing unusual here, but we’ve only started to see wood hoopoes in the last two years, and the peacock is certainly very unusual.  It reminded me of what an awesome life it is here on the farm!  In fact the bird life has steadily increased over the years; amongst the additions are dikkops, fork-tails drongos, and even sunbirds thanks to the new indigenous garden. Occasionally we here the cry of a fish eagle circling high above.

The harvest has been a crazy one (my brother tells me I say that every year…), and on the 1st March we still had about 80% ahead of us, whereas in other years we would have had 80% behind us.  And then everything came in in the second week of March.  As I write we only have the Grenache and Mourvedre to pick.  The quality looks excellent, and with a long hang-time I expect to see some lower alcohol wines with very intense colour from this vintage. 

Once again our Blanc de Noir will be one of the first out of the starting blocks in 2012, and on 31st March we will be launching it simultaneously at the Summer Wines Festival in Franschhoek and on the Farm.  The launch continues on the Farm Sunday, 1st of April (the day also marks our 15th anniversary on the farm).  We hope to see you here!

 In my last newsletter I promised a photo of the BIG event on the farm last month – our daughter Xan’s wedding to Rob Fraser.  So here’s a picture of the proud parents and sisters with the young couple.
Unfortunately we are at that time of the year where we have to adjust our prices - not a lot, but a bit.  Order online before the 1st April to take advantage of the old prices. 


 Dieter with Dutch distributor: Bart sips on a tank sample of 2012 Blanc de Noir.  5 pallets on their way in time for the European summer.  


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