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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Longridge Clos du Ciel 2013

So Clos du Ciel Chardonnay 2013 from Longridge is launched and will cost R530 a bottle from Wine Cellar, continuing the dramatic premiumisation of this category (last year Uva Mira 2013 was launched at R600 a bottle and recently Capensis came onto the market at R935). I got a sneak preview of the wine in [...]

February 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Fram Pinotage 2013

I imagine Fram Pinotage made from Citrusdal Mountain grapes by Thinus Krüger has acquired instant cult status after Jancis Robinson MW made it her “wine of the week” towards the end of January with a score of 17/20. Her tasting note read as follows: “Full, rich and round. Super charm on the nose and lots [...]

February 10, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Longridge Ekliptika 2012

Jasper Raats started consulting at Longridge in 2006 before heading up operations from 2011 and you’re definitely going to be hearing more about this Stellenbosch property going forward. Official biodynamic certification will apply from the 2015 harvest and Raats brings a particularly gentle hand to bear when it comes to winemaking. Two stand-out wines as [...]

December 11, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Longridge Clos du Ciel Chardonnay 2013

Stellenbosch property Longridge is enjoying a resurgence under the direction of Jasper Raats. Brother of Bruwer, he brings international experience to bear and is committed to farming biodynamically. His Chardonnay 2013 was top 10 in the Chardonnay Report this year (see here) and yesterday revealed another rendition of the variety which I suspect will quickly [...]

December 11, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2014: Top 10 wines

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Wealth is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Hartenberg The Eleanor [...]

October 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Longridge Pinotage 2012

No decent Pinotage for ages and then two come along at once. Still reflecting on how good the Radford Dale Frankenstein 2013 is, I had chance to open the Longridge 2012 (R110 a bottle) and was again dead impressed. Apparently the wine represents “a shift in style inspired by winemaker Jasper Raats’s experience with Pinot [...]

July 30, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Usana Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2012

Looking for interesting, reasonably priced Chenin Blanc, I popped in at Wine Concepts on Kloof in Cape Town where the Usana Barrel Fermented 2012 at R99.50 a bottle was recommended to me. The wines of Usana are made under contract at Longridge where Jasper Raats, brother of Bruwer, is head winemaker and the grapes for [...]

February 21, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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