Die Plêk Cinsault 2015

Things are hotting up in the re-emerging category that Is Cinsaut/Cinsault with the launch of Die Plêk 2015 from Jasper Raats of Longridge in Stellenbosch. Selling for R360 a bottle, grapes are sourced from a 1974 Helderberg vineyard, juice fermented spontaneously and the wine matured for 12 months in old 300-litre barrels. There’s a slight […]

May 19, 2016
by Christian
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Longridge Pinotage 2013

Is Pinotage becoming fashionable again after the wilderness years? At the very least, it’s no longer the butt of wine geek jokes (that falls to Merlot) and it’s wines like that from Longridge that show the way forward. Fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted 20 months in a combination of first- through fourth-fill barrels. Red […]

October 30, 2015
by Christian
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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
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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
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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 5 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
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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
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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
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