No decent Pinotage for ages and then two come along at once. Still reflecting on how good the Radford Dale Frankenstein 2013 is, I had chance to open the Longridge 2012 (R110 a bottle) and was again dead impressed.
Apparently the wine represents “a shift in style inspired by winemaker Jasper Raats’s experience with Pinot Noir” – he used to make a smart example for Koru in New Zealand – and I think this is plain to see.
Plums, hedgerow fruit and fynbos on the nose. The palate meanwhile shows good fruit definition, fresh acidity and fine tannins. A Pinotage of poise and pleasant relief from all those super-ripe, heavily extracted examples out there.