Lynx Wines

Franschhoek, South Africa

Dieter Sellmeyer started up this delightful small estate on the edge of Franschhoek in 1999. Dieter traded his life as an engineer to start a vineyard, which meant grubbing up the planted table grapes, replanting and then producing his first vintage in 2002.

In 2017 Lynx Estate was bought from Dieter by Manuel and Brigitte Konen. Helgard joined Lynx Wines in October 2010 as Assistant Winemaker. In April 2014 he was promoted to Winemaker and in January 2017 to General Manager and Winemaker when Dieter retired.

In the wine cellar, Helgard and the winemaking team still use many traditional appliances such as the open concrete tanks for fermenting the grapes or the hand-operated basket press. The open tanks give Lynx wines the unique taste of the vineyard grapes, which they are so well known for. In addition, they do the so-called Punch Downs. Here, the grapes are crushed by hand at regular intervals, so that we receive a controlled fermentation. Lynx use both steel tanks and French oak barrels in their wine cellar, with all their reds ripening in the latter.


Pictures of the Lynx Winery Estate

The name of LYNX speaks for itself: L as in lasting, Y as in yummy, N as in notable, X as in xenial

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Lynx Winery Estate Wines

Lynx wines that Newton Wines supplies.

Blanc de Noir 2021

Lynx Wines available through Newton Wines, Crediton

I have been thoroughly enjoying this wine during the year and it is running out fast! A beautiful dry rose made from 100% Merlot grapes, this has a touch of ripe peach and strawberries on the nose leading to a delicious summer berry mouth fill which is all balanced nicely with good acidity and structure. A wine that offers great quality and therefore value at its price point.

Grapes: Merlot    Alcohol: 12.5

Lynx Viognier 2019

Helgard has made a subtle and complex Viognier. The grapes are picked early so as to keep some freshness and then 50% is barrel fermented and aged. So layers of pineapple, peach and apricot develop in the mouth with spice and oak. Although rich, fruity and floral this is delightfully firm and dry. Well worth its 4 Star Platters rating.

Grapes: Viognier 100%    Alcohol: 13.5
Lynx Viognier available through Newton Wines, Crediton

Vino Blanco 2018

A totally dry, unwooded, white blend of Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Fresh floral nose with green apple, pear and apricot following through to a spicy and crisp finish.

Grapes: Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne    Alcohol: 13

Vino Tinto 2017

The winemaker’s own blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Unassuming, well balanced fruit driven red blend with rustic charm. This has been aged for about six months in old oak which allows the wine to develop but still with lovely blackberry and blackcurrant fruit to the fore. It has won the Best Value Award from WINE Magazine 3 years running now. Fantastic value!

Grapes: Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Shiraz and Mourvèdre    Alcohol: 13.5

Lynx SMG 2018/19

Lynx SMG available through Newton Wines, Crediton

A rich and complex blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Grenache. This wine has all the richness and body of a Shiraz, with rustic Mourvèdre to fill the gaps! With a splash of Viognier to soften – this is a complex rich and lengthy wine.

Grapes: 70% Shiraz, 15% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache    Alcohol: 14

Lynx Passion 2018

This is a blend of four Bordeaux varietals – again showing Lynx’s pedigree. Lovely, fresh and complex nose of blackcurrant and spice tinged with mint. Sweet fragrant blackcurrant continues to the palate supported by cedar spice and an almost bittersweet chocolate finish. A wine that is made to drink now but I can see this ageing extremely well.

Grapes: 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot und 19% Petit Verdot    Alcohol: 14.5

Lynx Shiraz 2017

Lynx Shiraz avaible through Newton Wines

This wine is 100% Shiraz with all the grapes coming from the Estate. On the nose there is blackcurrants and almonds. The fruit flavours continue on the pallet and is balanced with spice, white pepper and liquorice. The finish leaves you with plenty of Autumn fruit with hints of a cigar box. Can be kept upto 7 years.

Grapes: Shiraz    Alcohol: 14.5

Lynx Pinot Noir 2018

This wine is made from a 100% Estate grown Pinot Noir. Typically, warmer climate Pinot Noir gives a lot of bright red berries on the nose with hints of sour cherries. Behind all of this are hints of forest flour. The wine is extremely elegant on the palate with soft tannins and medium-long finish.

Grapes: Pinot Noir    Alcohol: 13
Lynx Pinot Noir available through Newton Wines, Devon

Lynx Revolution 2018

Lynx Revolution is a classic blend of the two Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Harmonious and textured this wine is a treat. Lovely blackcurrent fruit blends with well judged oak and herbal nuances. Low Stock, more arriving in march 2021.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.    Alcohol: 13.5

Lynx Vision 2018

This blend combines the lush summer red fruits typical of Grenache with the more blackcurrent and blackberry fruits associated with Cabernet. The wine is full, bright and fresh, perfect for those Spring and Summer BBQs/Braais!

Grapes: 43% Grenache, 57% Cabernet Sauvignon    Alcohol: 14.5
Lynx Vision 2018

Lynx Cabernet Franc 2017

Often picked by “those who know” as their favourite Cabernet Franc and is also a favourite of mine. Very fresh on the nose with blackberry fruit and wild herb perfume. The palate is smooth and rich with black fruits, smoke and liquorice. Ripe and fine grained tannins give the wine structure and backbone. A long finish with some bitter chocolate notes. Very limited amounts left!

Grapes: Cabernet Franc    Alcohol: 14.5

Lynx Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This wine has blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, lovely earthy mineral structure and a lovely seamless wood integration providing slightly savoury and tobacco notes. A silky finish with hints of cassis. Ageing potential from 5 to 8 years.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon    Alcohol: 14.5
Lynx Cabernet Sauvignon available through Newton Wines

The Spirit of Lynx 2017

The Spirit of Lynx 2017 available through Newton Wines, Devon

Lynx’s flagship wine! The Spirit of Lynx is a classic “Bordeaux blend” made from grapes all sourced from our Estate. A beautiful dark fruit flavoured nose with hints of pencil shavings, leather and black olives. The palate is firm, with a seamlessly integrated tannin structure. Lovely notes of Violets, Black Cherries and fynbos rounds off the palate beautifully. Drinking well now, but perfect after aging another 3-5 years. Can easily age up to 12-18 years.

Grapes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot    Alcohol: 14.7

Lynx Grenache 2017

Made from Grenache grapes this wine is an Estate wine, with all the grapes sourced from the Estate. The wine is a medium bodied leaning towards full-bodied. With a pale ruby colour this wants entices you to explore. On the nose it’s filled with Black Pepper, Sour Cherries, Violets and Spice. The palate is filled with seamlessly integrated tannins and gives hints of figs, strawberries and exotic spices.

Grapes: Grenache    Alcohol: 14.5
Grenache available through Newton Wines


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