Longridge is one of the leading wine estates in the heart of the Cape Winelands near Stellenbosch, South Africa and is situated at the foot of the Helderberg mountains. Longridge have been blessed with this beautiful piece of land, perfect for the production of top quality. Longridge Wine Estate, was first registered in 1841 and underwent a few name changes before finally being called Longridge in 1992, when commercial wine production first started. Their winemaking philosophy is simple – we want to make enjoyable wines, which are healthy to drink and of a world class standard.
Longridge - The Emily
Although British born, Emily Hobhouse has become an honorary South African through her selfless and courageous actions, which exposed the inhumanity of concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). We dedicate this wine to her memory and brave women fighting for what is right, all over the world.
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 night air 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.
Biodynamic (organic) practices are followed and therefore no herbicides or chemical sprays were used in the production of these grapes. A minimum interference approach is taken in the vineyards to get a true reflection of the unique terroir. Vines are pruned and suckered to get an evenly spaced shoot position which results in maximum flow of cool air through the bunches.
Predominantly unwooded Chardonnay, blended with a small amount of lightly wooded Pinot Noir from the Elgin. Both varieties were whole bunched pressed and allowed native yeast fermentation. Pinot Noir is transferred to aged wooden barrels, while the Chardonnay stayed in tanks in order to mature on the lees before being blended.
Winemaker – Jasper Raats & Hendrien de Munck
Silver: Veritas Wine Awards 2015
Double Gold Award – Michelangelo
Alc: 13% / RS: 3.1g/l / TA: 5.6g/l / pH: 3.54