Longridge Wine Estate has just released the 2015 vintage of their highly acclaimed Ekliptika Bordeaux blend, which was scored 94/100 by Tim Atkin and awarded five stars in the 2018 Platter Guide. Only 6684 bottles will be available to consumers.
The blend is shaped by terroir and is composed of the best batches of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The vineyards enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day and cool air mountain air at night, resulting in even ripening of the berries and good, natural acidity.
According to vintner Jasper Raats, both the name and the label illustrate Longridge’s biodynamic way of farming. During the winemaking process, Raats and fellow wine maker Hendrien De Munck followed their usual natural, organic approach. “The vineyards are meticulously cared for by hand and the crop is reduced to ensure maximum quality. This wine is made naturally by not making use of any commercial yeast, enzymes or fining agents. It is further not filtered or cold stabilized and may therefore in time show harmless sediment,” says Raats.
Named after the orbital occurrence when the earth, moon and stars align in their path around the sun, the Ekliptika was matured in a combination of new and mature French oak barrels for 24 months and with proper cellaring, this wine will improve and continue to reward over the next 6-8 years.
Dark and concentrated in colour, this wine greets you on the nose with aromas of ripe red fruits, plums and pencil shavings which follow through onto the palate with chewy black cherries, sweet spices and tannins on the mid palate and a lingering umami finish and is described by Tim Atkin as a serious, well-structured red with good texture and leafy top notes.
The 2015 Ekliptika retails at R515 from leading outlets countrywide as well as at the cellar.
For more information, visit www.longridge.co.za