Longridge Merlot

This vintage delivered a medium bodied wine with a savoury nose and slight cedar characters. Ripe, yet soft tannins complement the aromas of plump dark, red fruit and ripe strawberries with a hint of dark chocolate and cocoa on the nose.

Jasper Raats

Longridge Merlot

CURRENT VINTAGE 2016

Terrior

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. The macro climate is maritime, with cold wet winters and sunny warm summers, with the Helderberg Ward being the coolest in the Stellenbosch region.

Viticulture

The vineyards are meticulously cared for by hand. The crop is reduced to ensure maximum quality. Organic and biodynamic practices are employed by not using any pesticides, herbicides or chemical spray.

Vinification

Meticulous hand sorting before fermenting naturally for 10 days in stainless steel tanks and then pressed. This wine has been matured in French oak barrels for 26 months and is ready for drinking now, but will continue to develop over the next 3-5 years.

Origin

Stellenbosch

More information

Winemaker – Jasper Raats & Hendrien de Munck

Alc: 15% / RS: 2.1g/l / TA: 5.9g/l / pH: 3.56

Awards

93/100 Tim Atkin MW 2016
Double Platinum Award – National Wine Challenge
Top 100 2016