Longridge Wine Estate recently claimed a Top 100 position on the esteemed National Wine Challenge list of Top 100 SA Wines.
Longridge, the leading wine estate in organic and biodynamic winemaking, has emerged as one of the successful Top 100 SA wineries receiving a Double Platinum Winner and SA Top 100 Winner for the newly released 2018 Longridge Pinotage. Only three wines were entered and all of them were awarded; The Emily 2018 and the Chenin Blanc 2017 as Double Silver Winners.
“We are very excited about this achievement and happy to see that less traditional styles of Pinotage are given the credit they deserve. Our vision has always been to produce wines of outstanding quality, grown and produced in an environmentally responsible way that are healthy to drink. We’re happy to see the results pay off,” says Jasper Raats.
The National Wine Challenge seeks to identify winning wines by cultivar and blend while the top-scoring wines are awarded medals and form part of the elite Top 100 SA Wines, a club of SA’s finest. The event’s recognition of the Longridge Wine Estate is a feather in the cap of this wine estate, consistently aiming to organically produce of the best quality wines South Africa has to offer.
The Pinotage, produced according to the fruit and characteristics of one of its parent grapes, Pinot Noir, is an elegant, well rounded wine with soft juicy tannins. The nose offers sweet spices, cassis and ripe berries, sugared orange peel, rooibos and a smoky charcuterie character which follows through onto the palate.
Longridge, one of the leading wine estates in organic and biodynamic oenology and viticulture near Stellenbosch is situated at the foot of the Helderberg mountains and were name the number one winery in Stellenbosch in 2018 in the annual Stellenbosch Wine Review.
Biodynamic farming methods are utilised to the fullest in the vineyards, minimizing the impact on the environment, while the vines, herbs and vegetables are free from artificial pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. The philosophy is simple: to make enjoyable wines, that are healthy to drink and of a world-class standard.
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