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With biodynamic farming you approach ordinary growing and harvesting challenges creatively without resorting to the use of pesticides and fungicides.

Lock Down and Wine Sales

As South Africa heads towards lockdown from midnight, we would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our customers for your wonderful support.

While no wine sales or deliveries are permitted during the lockdown period, we are so grateful to have been able to share our wines with so many of you who stocked up early. May they bring you happy moments of relaxation and reflection over these next weeks.

Remember you can still place an order at our on line shop here and we will have it all packed and ready to delivery once wine sales are allowed

Marion, Brian and the Elgin Ridge team.

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Neil Martin 2019 South Africa report

Neal Martin is one of the most respected, international wine critics. Previously at Wine Advocate, Neal is now part of the team at Vinous and rated our 2016 Sauvignon blanc with 91 points in his 2019 South Africa Report

“The Elgin Ridge 2016 “282” Sauvignon Blanc, so named due to the apparent ideal elevation to create cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc in the Eglin Valley, actually goes a long way towards proving that point. It has a wonderful nose of freshly sliced pear, melon, gooseberry and subtle tropical aromas. Those are replicated on the palate, which is fresh, well balanced and offers enticing gooseberry, nectarine, satsuma and mandarin notes. This is a top-notch Elgin Sauvignon that is drinking beautifully now but should give four or five years of drinking pleasure.

Drinking window: 2019 – 2025, Tasting date: October 2019

— Neal Martin”

read more about Neil at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neal_Martin_(wine_critic)

 

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

Michael Fridjhon at Wine Wizard, asks

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 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

Pesticides in Vineyards

An interesting article from Decanter, read the full article below

A potentially groundbreaking criminal investigation is set to be launched in France over claims that the death of a Bordeaux winemaker was caused by exposure to pesticides.

The first steps towards a criminal prosecution came after Valerie Murat filed legal action over the the death of her father, claiming ‘involuntary homicide’.

James-Bernard Murat, a winemaker in Pujols in the Entre deux Mers region of Bordeaux, died of lung cancer in 2012. He believed the disease was caused by his use of a pesticide to protect against vine trunk disease esca for more than 40 years.

Valerie Murat filed her case at the Tribunal de Grande Instance (High Court) in Paris, where a judge will hold an inquiry to assess culpability. A defendant has not been publicly named, described solely as ‘X’.

The case is more evidence that French officials are paying closer attention to the health effects of pesticide exposure among workers. The government recognised a link between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease in agricultural workers in 2012.

Murat sprayed three different pesticides containing the chemical sodium ar nite that is now banned as a cancer causing poison.

One year before his death, he won recognition that the cancer was officially ‘linked to his profession’, one of up to 40 winemakers in France who have received this.

Ms Murat said she wanted to ‘break the law of silence’ over the effects of pesticides.

France accounts for around of quarter of all pesticide use in Europe. Vineyards represent just 3% of agricultural land in France, but the wine industry accounts for 20% of phytosanitary product volumes, and 80% of fungicide use.

Paul François, president of the association Phyto-Victimes, said: ‘This is a step forward not just for the Murat family but for all those affected by the application of pesticides within their profession.’

There is a national plan to reduce pesticide use in French agriculture, called Ecophyto 2018.

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