Category Archives: Natural Wine

Father’s Day Recipe: Duck Ragù paired with the Elgin Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir is one of those wines that can be the ultimate match for food, a marriage that when you get it right goes beyond a simple pairing and reaches into the sublime – both food and wine elevated to a higher place.

The 282 Pinot Noir 2015 with its dark floral, cherry and raspberry aromatics is a dream paired duck. On the palate the wine is textured and silky, providing perfect foil for this rich yet delicate dish.

Take advantage of our Level 3 wine offer and spoil dad with a case, while also spoiling him by making this dish.

Recipe: Duck Ragù

Serves 6
Ingredients:
1 free-range duck (± 2 kgs)
1 tsp cinnamon
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 red onions, finely diced
6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 stalks of celery, finely sliced
300ml Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir (or use CRUNCH! Pinot Noir)
800g tin Italian crushed tomatoes
100g raisins
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
5 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
600g pappardelle pasta
3 Tbsp butter, cut into little cubes
Parmesan cheese, for serving

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Rub the duck all over with the cinnamon, sea salt and black pepper.
Place a wire rack inside a roasting dish. Roast the duck on the rack for 2 hours.
Rest the duck on a board and set aside to cool. (Save the duck fat in the roasting dish. It freezes well.)
Remove the duck skin and then shred the meat off the bones. Set aside.
In a large dutch oven, heat a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and celery.
Season and cook until softened and lightly golden brown.
Pour in the Pinot Noir, deglaze the bottom of the pan and bring to a simmer.
Let the wine reduce for 10 minutes.

Add the tinned tomatoes, shredded duck meat, raisins, rosemary, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Rinse the tin or tins of tomato out with water so you add in an additional 800ml of water.
Simmer everything together very gently for 2 hours, or until thickened and reduced. Stirring occasionally so the bottom does not burn / stick.

When the ragù is almost ready, cook pappardelle in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente.

Using tongs transfer the pappardelle to a large mixing bowl with the cubes of butter. You want some of the pasta water to transfer with the noodles. Season well with salt and pepper and toss with the butter. Add a little extra pasta water to achieve a light, silky sauce that coats the pasta well.

Divide the pasta between bowls, top with ragù and then grate over a generous amount of Parmesan, and serve with a bottle or two of Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir.

 

 

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

Natural Wine at Caroline’s Fine Wine

NATURAL WINE TASTING will be held at Caroline’s Fine Wines, Strand Street, Cape Town, on Wednesday, 21st January from 5pm to 8pm.  To find out more about natural wine, Click here for details.  There will be thirteen French wines – Domaine Foillard ( Beaujolais ), Morgon & Fleurie, Dom Breton Vouvray & Chinon, Thierry Germain Saumur Blanc et Rouge, Rene Moss Anjou ( Chenin ), Pierre Gerbais Champagne, Herve Souhaut ( Rhone ) Gamay & Syrah.

Maddox ploughing vineyardsElgin Ridge is proud to be part of the Natural Wine Tasting, standing  by side with these great wines. We are the only certified organic farm in Elgin and farm using traditional methods.

Doug Wregg, will say a few words at 6pm. Doug is the sales and marketing director at Les Cave de Pyrene, a company specialising in artisan, organic, and biodynamic natural wines, in the UK.

Les Cave de Pyrene also own several natural wine bars in London. Doug is sometimes an outspoken advocate of the more natural approach to winemaking, and is co-founder and co-organiser of, The Real Wine Fair, London’s most prominent annual natural wine festival.  Doug writes regular blogs and columns for various food and wine magazines  in the UK, and is considered an expert, and leading proponent, in the Philosophy of making wines in the most natural and environmentally-sustainable way.

Tickets cost R250 per person, which can be booked directly by e-mailing Sasha on carowine@mweb.co.za or click here for a booking form. ( Booking essential and numbers strictly limited ). It’s a walk-around tasting, so you can arrive when you want, but last entry is at 6.30pm