All posts by Marion

Join us for a Chardonnay and Pinot Celebration

Four prominent wineries – Hamilton Russel Vineyards, Paul Cluver, Iona, and Elgin Ridge – invite you to join them for an evening of pure luxury – an epicurean feast to indulge your senses.

An exquisite 5 course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Craig Cormack and his SALT at Paul Clüver team. Each course accompanied by exceptional aged or rare Chardonnay and Pinot noir wines, personally selected by the owners themselves who are hosting the evening.

This is an elegant and intimate evening with very limited seats

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIC DAY!

Intl Organic Day discount advert

We are situated at 282 metres above sea level, Elgin Ridge Wines is the home of the Elgin valley’s only certified organic and biodynamic wine estate.

To celebrate International Organic Day and the launch of our new online store, we’re offering 20% off website purchases until 30 September 2019!

Order your favourites using the coupon code “ZRDD3NGF” to take advantage.


*Offer excludes Chaos White, the.Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.
Discount applies for South African orders only.


 

Supply and long-term brand value help make a wine more desirable

How predictable is brand when it comes to determining wine quality? Put another way, should the better known brands readily submit their wines to the potentially more objective world of blind tasting?

Long-term brand value of Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc

 

The Jordan Cold Fact 2018 was pipped (admittedly only by a point) by the 2016 Elgin Ridge 282 – a less well-known wine, and therefore, given the pricing, under some pressure to over-deliver at the price point. This is exactly what it did: it’s a bigger, more muscular sort of sauvignon, and its aromatic profile reflects its appellation. There are notes of capsicum and blackcurrant leaf, whiffs of mown hay. It’s not showing any age, although the extra two years in bottle have helped the integration.

Decanter endorses Elgin Ridge’s Chaos White as the Elgin ‘Wine to Try’

Decanter endorses Elgin Ridge's Chaos WhiteThe September 2019 issue of leading international wine industry magazine, Decanter, takes readers into the world of the cool-climate Elgin Wine Valley. Authored by industry influencer, Christian Eedes, the feature is appropriately entitled ‘Elgin wine region: Names to know and wine to try’.

Included in the lineup is Elgin Ridge Wines’ certified organic and certified biodynamic Chaos White 2018, which scored an impressive 94 points, and tied for joint first place as his best white wine in Elgin.


“We’re excited by this international validation, as it speaks to hard work and passion we constantly strive for in producing organic and biodynamic wines at Elgin Ridge. Christian Eedes and Decanter’s endorsement reaffirms our team’s dedication to creating wines of excellence.”


A wine to savour

The Chaos White 2018, a blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 32% Semillon, as showcasing sweet pear, apricot and elderflower flavours, with nuances of dry hay around the edges. These flavours develop into fennel with a green tea and ginger undertone. The palate has a pithy edge, yet coated with an oily, multi-layered and textured mouthfeel. A wine not to be rushed, but rather savoured.

Enjoy on its own – served at approximately 15°C – or enjoy with fish, chicken and creamed based pasta dishes. Without a doubt a collector’s dream, the Chaos White 2018 is available directly from Elgin Ridge or select specialist outlets nationwide.

For more information contact Marion@elginridge.com

Marion & Brian

Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir 2016 – so good with Roberta Muir’s traditional Coq au Vin

282 Pinot Noir produced by Elgin RidgeTo be a certified biodynamic wine producer is a long and arduous path to follow. Few in South African have done it, Elgin Ridge Wine Estate has. Owned by Brian and Marion Smith. In the cool [in terms of climate and fashion] and beautiful Elgin Valley. Breezes from the cool Atlantic ensure the right climate for Pinot Noir, ameliorating the summer heat and allowing for a long hang time to reach perfect ripeness. Brian and Marion, with their winemaker Kosie van der Merwe produce a small but exceeding fine range of wines.

Organic wine farm

Ever more popular in South Africa, Pinot Noir is a perfect reflection of the soils and climate in which it is grown and a fingerprint of each vintage. Being a certified Biodynamic and organic wine farm allows the winemaking team to produce excellent fruit which requires minimal intervention in the cellar. The only ingredient in this wine that is not from the vineyard, is the added 62 ppm total SO2 after natural malolactic fermentation.

I was keen to find out about the oak regime for the Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir 2016, and Kosie gave me way more than I wanted. He made the wine from three different Pinot Noir clones. Here is what he said.

“The 282 Elgin Ridge Pinot Noir 2016 comes from 4 vineyards, consisting of 3 clones: 777, 667 and 115. The three clones were vinified separately.”


EXCERPT TAKEN FROM AN ARTICLE POSTED ON

Michael Olivier Logo


Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival

Join us during the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival and enjoy a tasting of our wines with a few surprises and new releases.

Pre-book the 10 year vertical tasting of our 282 Elgin Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, with winemakers Brian Smith and Kosie van der Merwe.

Places are strictly limited to just 12 people per session: Morning session at 11.00am and afternoon session at 14.30pm

Food truck by the Goose Roasters who will be serving hearty food choices

Our farm animals, Maddox, our Percheron horse, and the Dexter cattle will be around the farm for the kids to see

• Bookings: Mariaan@elginridge.com or 021 846 9060

New additions on the farm

Ten beautiful bouncy lambs were born on Elgin Ridge last week, but we’ve been keeping them cosy inside as it has been so cold and wet 🐑

Yesterday, they bounded out into the vineyards with their moms to soak up the winter sunshine – and start learning the art of “cover crop management

Elgin Cool Wine Festival at Elgin Ridge Wines

Join us during the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival this year and enjoy free tastings, delicious sushi, exclusive farm tours ( pre booking essential ), and great family fun on our organic & biodynamic farm.

FREE TASTINGS

• 3 vintages of our current wines (either Sauvignon Blanc and/or Pinot Noir)

GOLDEN TICKET EXPERIENCE: FARM TOUR

• This experience is available when pre-booked by Golden Ticket holders.
• Take a walking tour on our certified biodynamic farm with us, as we explain our biodynamic preparations and how we use them at Elgin Ridge – and finish with a VIP tasting of older vintages and an exclusive tasting our award-winning Chaos White

• Places are strictly limited to just 6 people per session: Morning session at 11.00am and afternoon session at 14.00pm

( Saturday morning seesion fully booked, 2 places available Saturday afternoon), Sunday still available

• Bookings: marion@elginridge.com

SUSHI

• Enjoy a delicious sushi platter (minimum 10 pieces) and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc for R160 per person

ENTERTAINMENT

• Enjoy being on our biodynamic and organic wine estate and catch a glimpse of our Percheron horse – Maddox – who ploughs our vineyards in winter. Keep an eye out for our sheep, cattle, ducks and chickens, too
• Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic and enjoy a bottle of Elgin Ridge wine amongst the vines or around the dam in one of our picnic spots.

Bookings for our Golden Ticket Farm Tour and sushi are essential.

Please contact Marion on marion@elginridge.com to book.

 

 

We need your Vote

We are so excited hear at Elgin Ridge – our Chaos White Wine  label, is a finalist in the Winemag.co.za Wine Label Design Awards 2018. 

Not only is our multi-talented winemaker, Kosie van der Merwe responsible, for the internationally award winning wine inside this beautiful bottle, but he also designed the intriguing label which tells the story of this unique wine.

If you’d like to see the Chaos label win, please follow the link below and click on the 👍 icon ABOVE the thumbnail image of our wine (you’ll find it at the start of row 2).

Thank you,  from the Elgin Ridge team