Eamonn Dowling and Winemaker Jasper Raats present the Tops@Spar Wine of the Week

--:--
Longridge Merlot 2020
Aroma Profile
This vintage delivered a medium bodied wine with a savoury nose and slight cedar characters. Ripe, yet soft tannins complement the aromas of plump, dark, red fruit and ripe strawberries with a hint of dark chocolate, cocoa green herbs and wet stones on the nose. Well integrated vanilla oak and enough backbone to age further in the bottle.

Terroir

Rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world, it is made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. This vineyard enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day and cool air at night flowing down the mountain, resulting in even ripening of the berries and good natural acidity. The macro climate is maritime, with cold wet winters and sunny warm summers, with the Helderberg Ward being the coolest in the Stellenbosch region.

Viticulture

The vineyards are meticulously cared for by hand. The crop is reduced to ensure maximum quality. Organic and biodynamic practices are employed by not using any pesticides, herbicides or chemical sprays.

Vinification

Meticulous hand sorting before fermenting naturally for 10 days in stainless steel tanks and then pressed. This wine has been matured in 30% new French oak barrels for 16 months and is ready for drinking now, but will continue to develop over the next 3-5 years.

Origin
Stellenbosch

Winemaker – Jasper Raats & Hendrien de Munck

Alc: 14.28% ; RS: 2.0 g/l ; TA: 6.1 g/l ; pH: 3.49

Awards

New Release (2016 Vintage – Platter 4 stars; Tim Atkin 93; NWC Double Platinum)
14 Sep 2023 10AM English South Africa Leisure · Society & Culture

Other recent episodes

The Tops@Lifestyle Wine of the Week

This week Simone Coetzee from Hartenberg Family Vinyards and Valencia Magwaza introduce HARTENBERG CABERNET SAUVIGNON SHIRAZ 2021 In much the same way that many Bordeaux chateaux have their β€œsecondsecond” wines, this is ours. While specific vineyard blocks are dedicated to the blend to ensure consistency of character, grapes which haven't…
23 May 10AM 11 min

Uncensored Episode 3

Investigative journalist Penny Fourie and political commentator Warwick Chapman, unpack issues around the concerning matter of the irregular suspension of the municipal CFO, and offer some clarity on the upcoming elections.
22 May 9AM 27 min

Puppy Yoga

Mary-Anne Brink and Kerry Janke discuss the sunrise silent yoga fundraiser in support of the Safe Network animal shelter
20 May 8AM 6 min

Out and About - Ballito Food and Entertainment

From Polipetto Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar "Discover an exciting new seafood dining experience at Polipetto, positioned at the epicentre of La Montagne Resort, Ballito. The innovative Mediterranean menu offers delicacies from the sea and awesome Sushi where the natural flavours of the ocean are enhanced in the signature dishes…
16 May 10AM 11 min