Longridge Pinotage 2018
By Christian Eedes, 20 May 2020
When Maandans 2017 from Longridge in Stellenbosch was released last year, it demonstrated that Pinotage doesn’t always have to trade off fruit power in order to impress but at R1 200 a bottle, it’s a reference point that will be beyond the reach of many. Luckily, the standard labelis also pretty convincing argument that Pinotage can be successful in a lighter style and is much more affordable, the current release selling for R190 a bottle.
Grapes from vineyards with an average age of 40 years, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation before maturation lasting 16 months in French oak, 20% new. The nose is initially very floral before raspberry and cherry plus hints of herbs and spice while the palate has plenty of upfront fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins, a touch of intriguing bitterness to the finish. Not under-ripe at 14.14% alcohol and hence avoiding the awkwardness that some of the earlier picked new-wave wines sometimes have.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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