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Critical Acclaim for Longridge Wines

24 October 2018  -  Longridge Wines

Longridge Wine Estate continues to impress international and local wine critics with stellar scores in the recently released South Africa 2018 Special Report by master of wine Tim Atkin and Christian Eedes’ Prescient Chardonnay Report.

The Atkin Report is widely considered as the definitive overview of the South African wine industry and the 2016 Longridge Clos du Ciel Chardonnay was named one of Atkin’s Wines of the Year with a score of 95.   Atkin proclaimed it to be one of the Cape’s foremost Chardonnays with “old vine concentration that is underpinned by notes of fynbos, citrus and fresh bread leading to a long, balanced finish”.  This incredible score follows in the footsteps of the 2016 Ou Steen Chenin Blanc, which also received 95 points from Atkins last year.

This exceptional Chardonnay is produced exclusively from a historic one-hectare block, which was originally planted by the legendary John Platter in 1987.  Rooted in decomposed granite soil, it is set high against the slopes of the Helderberg. For additional complexity, the block was planted with nine different clones and is grown organically without the use of herbicides and pesticides.

Atkin also included another ten wines from the Longridge cellar in the seventh edition of his South African report with the following scores:  Longridge Ekliptika 2015 (94), Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (93), Longridge Misterie 2015 (93), Longridge Chenin Blanc 2016 (92), Longridge Pinotage 2017 (92), Longridge MCC Brut NV (92),  Longridge MCC Brut Rosé NV (92), Longridge Organic Chardonnay 2017 (91), The Emily 2017 (90) and the Longridge Merlot 2016 (89).

The Longridge Chardonnay 2017 also scored an impressive 93 points in the eighth annual Prescient Chardonnay Report with the Longridge Chardonnay 2016 awarded 91 points. The Chardonnay Report, sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient, received 117 entries from 81 producers. These were tasted blind by a three-person panel and scored according to the 100-point quality scale.

For cellar master Jasper Raats, these scores are evidence of the unfailing quality they are achieving across the spectrum of wines produced on the farm. “Achieving such great scores in these well-respected reports is once again proof that wines produced in soils and climate best suited to the variety will show great consistency and depth.”