Cape Winemakers Guild

Lismore’s Resilient Winemaker

Samantha O’Keefe

“My philosophy in the cellar is to produce wines that are a unique expression of this unique place. I have spent 20 years of my life developing this farm, and I do not want to get in the wine’s way.”

American-born Samantha, a southern California native and a graduate of UC Berkeley, arrived in South Africa in 2000 and in 2003 established her own wine business and brand, Lismore. She planted vineyards on the slopes of a dramatic mountain range in a previously unknown region and is responsible for the establishment of Wine of Origin Greyton. Her focus and passion is cool-climate, elegant, classically styled wines that speak with a distinct voice and tell the story of their terroir. Samantha’s wines are highly regarded across the globe and acclaimed by international commentators.

Samantha’s home, vineyards and winery were destroyed by a raging bushfire in December 2019 and all her years of hard work went up in flames in a matter of hours. Yet this intrepid winemaker, with the help and support of her colleagues in the wine industry, has rebuilt, replanted and Lismore continues to thrive, a testament to her spirit. She is the proud mother of two sons, Keenan and Quinn, who are often with her in the cellar sharing her passion and building on her vision.

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Auctioned Wines

Lismore Estate Vineyards Here Comes The Sun 2020

64% Chenin Blanc, 36% Viognier

Cool climate Chenin Blanc on decomposed granite from Walker Bay, elevated by Elgin Viognier grown on Rose Quartz soils. 15% of the final wine was skin-fermented Chenin Blanc, which enhances the pithy texture and grip of the wine, blended with Chenin and Viognier, each separately whole-bunch pressed. Oxidatively handled at the juice phase, then fermented using only native yeasts and aged in large format barrels for 12 months. 20% new Burgundian oak.

Tasting Notes: Citrus peel and blossoms, jasmine and apricot. A crunchy-textured palate bursting of granadilla, blood orange and lemon curd. A crystalline acidity finishes with intense Tahiti lime.

Ready for drinking now through to 2030.

Auction Year: 2021

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