After nearly a decade as cellarmaster of an elite Paarl based estate and creating award-winning wines, acclaimed South African winemaker Arco Laarman ventured out and created Laarman Wines to further his passion for the art of winemaking.
Laarman Wines has unveiled the maiden vintage of its premium Focal Point collection, with the release of the Focal Point Chardonnay and Focal Point Cinsault, both from the 2017 vintage.
The ethos behind the Focal Point range is to express the unique character of specific vineyard sites, showcasing the depth and variety of the Western Cape’s terroir.
The Cluster Series, Laarman’s maiden brand release, pays tribute to the spirit of collaboration that has defined and inspired him over his 20-year career in the South African wine industry. Being a freestanding brand not tied to a particular estate allows him to source grapes from a variety of regions, taking the strengths of each specifically chosen vineyard into account. This creates freedom to be able to cherry-pick grapes from a range of unique wine-growing regions and terroir.
The Focal Point range:
“I want to see what we can achieve with different expressions of the same varietal, using different soils, different clones and different terroir in each vintage,
“The Cluster Series is my way of bringing together quality grapes, my winemaking skills, my family and my friends in the industry. Not only does a cluster represent a bunch of grapes, but it is a constant reminder that none of us can succeed on our own, in isolation. One grape alone can’t fill a bottle of wine!”
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