The 2016 Chenin Blanc from Longridge Wine Estate, scoring 92/100 by Tim Atkin and awarded 4 stars in the 2019 Platter Guide, has been made available to consumers through the wine shop and other selected retail outlets
Certified organic, this naturally fermented Chenin shows notes of fresh straw, honey, pineapple and stone white fruit, with understated oak and a hint of almond paste. According to cellar master Jasper Raats, the estate’s philosophy is reflected in the organic and biodynamic principles of farming and during the winemaking process of the Chenin Blanc, Raats and fellow winemaker Hendrien De Munck followed this natural, biodynamic approach.
“This wine showcases the terroir for which Longridge is known,“ says Jasper Raats. Rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world, it is made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. This vineyard enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day and cool air at night flowing down the mountain, resulting in even ripening of the berries and good natural acidity.
“We were very happy with the quality of the 2016 vintage, even though it was a smaller vintage due to severe drought conditions in the Cape. The score results that the Chenin Blanc received, both from Tim Atkin and the Platter Guide, confirmed this. As with previous vintages, the high scores we receive for our wines are testament to the hard work and consistent quality that can be produced from Helderberg terroir,” says Jasper Raats.
Organic and biodynamic practices are employed both in the vineyard and the cellar and no pesticides, herbicides or chemical sprays are used. The grapes, 100% grown on the estate, were whole bunch pressed and made in a natural way with no commercial yeast, enzymes or fining agents; a much lengthier process to complete. The wine was aged for 16 months in a combination of seasoned French and Hungarian oak puncheons before blending and bottle matured before release. It’s ready to be enjoyed now, but will improve with careful cellaring for at least the next five years.
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 awarded the number one winery in 2018 in Stellenbosch in the annual Stellenbosch Wine Review. The philosophy is simple: to make enjoyable wines, which are healthy to drink and of a world-class standard.
The Chenin Blanc 2016 retails for R150 per bottle.