Lismore wines in the spotlight internationally

Lismore Estate wines from Greyton, South Africa, have achieved considerable success internationally in recent reports and commendations from Neal Martin in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Decanter Magazine and Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times.

Lismore Estate Vineyards in the foothills of the Riviersonderend mountains
Lismore Estate Vineyards in the foothills of the Riviersonderend mountains

Samantha O’Keefe’s “fabulous” 2014 Syrah is the only SA red to achieve ‘Top 50’ status in Robert Parker’s Top 50 Picks of 2015.

Director and Winemaker at Lismore Estate Vineyards Samantha O'Keefe
Director and Winemaker at Lismore Estate Vineyards Samantha O’Keefe
Lismore Chardonnay 2013
Lismore Chardonnay 2013

The team at Robert Parker Wine Advocate tasted 30,000 wines, and chose 21 whites and 29 reds.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Robert Parker Wine Advocate commented: “These were the most exciting new wine releases in 2015, based on absolute quality, singularity and hedonistic/intellectual appeal.”

Neal Martin, wine critic and author with The Wine Advocate and, wrote in his November 2015 review: “This is one of the best Syrah’s I have encountered from South Africa – a truly complex Syrah, one of the best you will find.”

In addition, the 2013 Lismore Chardonnay scored 91 points, the 2014 Viognier scored 90 points, as did the 2014 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc.

Renowned wine critic and author, Janice Robinson, in her Financial Times column ‘Asked a Sommelier!”, cited Lismore Estate’s 2011 Chardonnay as one of her “favourite off-piste wines.”

And, just last week, the 2014 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc featured as Decanter Magazine’s “Must Try White” in tasting director Christelle Giber’s column.

Neal Martin sums up wine maker Samantha O’Keefe’s progress saying, “Over the last two or three years it’s been great to see both Lismore and Samantha gain more and more recognition. Her recent releases, which I tasted at the Cape Show … continue to furrow that path of cool-climate white and reds.”

Samantha O’Keefe, winemaker, commented; “It’s wonderful, and a little humbling, to get recognition from people and publications like Jancis Robinson, Neal Martin and Decanter Magazine.

Lismore Syrah
Lismore Syrah

We continue to do our best to grow and harvest the best cool climate grapes we can, and to make wine which brings out the complexity and nuances that the soil and climate in Greyton allow.”


Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa is Lismore Estate Vineyards.

Californian Samantha O’Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir.

Her passion combined with vines planted at 30 meters, chilled by the winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produce classic cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly handcrafted.

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