Longridge Wine Estate, the leading organic and biodynamic wine estate in South Africa, has taken its narrative back to its roots in celebration of South African heritage with the launch of a stellar, ultra-premium Pinotage.
Maandans (meaning Moon dance) adds a new dimension of exciting single varietal wines from distinctive, old vine heritage sites to the Longridge Wine Estate ultra-premium range. The maiden vintage was crafted from 45 year old Pinotage bush vines in the Helderberg region with a yield of 1.3-1.5 tons of 0.87 hectares, therefor less than 10HL/ha.
True to the tradition of the estate, the Maandans celebrates the marrying of creativity and innovation in biodynamic and organic viticulture. As a leader in biodynamic agriculture, the Longridge Wine Estate vision is to produce environmentally sustainable wines of superior quality. Maandans, were for the first time ever reviewed in July 2019 by internationally acclaimed wine critic and master of wine, Tim Atkin. The wine received a superb 95 point score and was named “Wine of the Year” in the Pinotage category. Tim Atkin said:
“This is the first release of an ultra-premium Pinotage from Longridge, and it’s a brilliant, flag-waving success. Naturally fermented and made with fruit from a single Helderberg vineyard, it’s floral, refined and nuanced. The 50% new wood is deftly integrated here, complementing the fine tannins and supple summer berry fruit.”
During the production of the 2017 Maandans, the Pinotage bunches were meticulously sorted by hand before natural fermentation for 18-20 months commenced, after which it was hand-punched. The wine matured in 50% new and 50% 2nd fill French oak and spent a further 12 months in bottle for further development. The result of outstanding purity and balance embraces the Burgundian characteristics of its Pinot noir parents.
The Maandans Story
The Maandans label is based on a commissioned painting by artist Corma Laubscher and, according to her, reflects the plane of the solar system as it appeared on 1 July 1967, the birth day of Raats. In the Cancer star sign, the moon reigns as a planet and, as with a premium quality wine, hangs in complete balance with the rest of the solar system or nature.
The waning crescent and twelve zodiac signs draw the narrative back to the celebration of astrology as the celestial phenomena related to human activity. As above, so below, lead us to believe that these celestial signs are held to represent creative modes of expression, as in the crafting of a distinctive site-specific wine.
The order of the astrological signs in the twelve 30° sectors of the ecliptic in Maandans adds to the already established and well-awarded celestial wine range of the estate: Merlot-based Misterie, which tells the story of the night sky, an enigma into secrecy or the immeasurable; and the Bordeaux-blend Ekliptika which is named after the phenomenon in which the earth, stars and moon align in their orbit with the sun.
The twelve zodiac signs in the Maandans label is painted as if to dance around the moon. “These celestial bodies and their elements,” says Laubscher, “signify humanity as a whole and the energy that guides us in our human affairs. It celebrates life.”
We are dedicated to crafting ultra-premium wines that can compete with the best wine in the world, using biodynamic and organic farming and winemaking techniques,” says Jasper Raats, managing director and winemaker at Longridge. “The launch of Maandans shows that Pinotage from the right sites can produce world-class wine and celebrates the pivotal role nature has on everything we do.”
This exclusive addition to the Longridge portfolio will retail at R1200 per bottle with only 1100 bottles of the 2017 vintage bottled.
The wine is now available at the Longridge wine shop.