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Longridge Pinotage 2012


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.

Score: 90/100.


  1. The way it should be, the deft hand, these shifts in styles are monumental ,especially for Pinotage ,to show the amazing range and versatility of this grape, and also the awareness of winemakers. The future is bright for winemaking on SA soils, keep pushing boundaries till they don’t push back.


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