Longridge Pinotage 2012
By Melanie, 30 July 2014
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.