South Africa is home to only a handful of certified biodynamic wine producers, and Elgin Ridge Wine Estate happens to be one of these. Situated in the Elgin Wine Valley, the estate owned by Brian and Marion Smith, is known for producing a small range of outstanding wines, which includes their new release Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and 282 Pinot Noir 2015, respectively.
According to winemaker Kosie van der Merwe the much-needed rain received for the Sauvignon Blanc resulted in a well-balanced crop with healthy fruit. After natural fermentation the wine was left on the lees for nine months. The wine’s distinctive fruit aromas were further elevated as a result of the small percentage of oak added before bottling. The result is a Sauvignon Blanc with an exquisite pale yellow-green colour and aromas of ripe pineapple, blackcurrant and Elderflower, which carries through to a palate with lime undertones. These flavours make for a wine with a rich, textured finish and a beautifully integrated acidity. Perfect on its own, or paired with a seasonal salad, seafood or poultry dishes.
Available directly from the Tasting Room at R135 per bottle and select specialist wine stores, the Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 should not be overlooked for your wine collection.
Regarded as the ‘queen’ of South African red wines, Kosie firmly believes that the 282 Pinot Noir 2015 vintage deserves all of the hype it has received. Although released slightly later than anticipated, this vintage made it through a cold and wet winter which was met by a cool yet moderately dry summer. This resulted in wine with a deep, rich garnet colour, offering aromas of dark cherries, roasted cocoa beans and nuances of pine needles on the nose. The palate is an amalgamation of green olive tapenade, dark cherries and dry salon tea flavours. As Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile red wines it is also the perfect food wine, and can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. A match made in culinary heaven when partnered with a Beef Wellington, roast chicken or even hearty mushroom risotto. Comfort food and wine at its best!
The Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir 2015 is available directly from the farm at R250 per bottle and select specialist wine outlets nationwide. For more information visit www.elginridge.com.