Jasper Raats started consulting at Longridge in 2006 before heading up operations from 2011 and you’re definitely going to be hearing more about this Stellenbosch property going forward. Official biodynamic certification will apply from the 2015 harvest and Raats brings a particularly gentle hand to bear when it comes to winemaking.
Two stand-out wines as follows:
Longridge Ou Steen Demi Sec 2013
From a 0.6ha block planted some 35 years ago. A “weather conditions” wine – grapes picked late, the vintage sufficiently cool to ensure no drop off in acidity. The wine shows peach, honey plus an overt but not unpleasant yeasty character. Plenty of weight (residual sugar approximately 17g/l) without being listless. More than a little reminiscent of Vouvray.
Longridge Ekliptika 2012
Wine Cellar price: R435
A Cabernet Franc-led Bordeaux-style red blend. Matured for around 20 months in French oak, 75% new. The nose shows more red than black fruit, violets, pencil shavings as well as a toasty quality. The palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins – a refined offering. “How far away is Cordoba from Longridge?” I’m compelled to ask Raats on tasting this as it recalls Chris Keet’s Crescendo of yesteryear. “Funny you should ask. About three kilometres,” is the reply.