Elgin Ridge Pinot Noir – so good with Roberta Muir’s 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.”


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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

Elgin Ridge – one of 30 great New World wines, Peter Richards MW

We were delighted to be selected by Peter Richards MW, as one of the 30 great New World wines, in the February edition of the renowned Decanter magazine.  Peter says

“The London IT industry’s loss was Elgin’s gain when Marion and Brian Smith upped sticks and launched a biodynamic wine estate. This is a complex, spicy, highly original Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend with beautiful texture, huge energy and a delightfully funky edge.”

Peter  selected our Chaos White 2016 as one of his “30 great New World buys under £30” – chosen from over 1,000 potential candidates – which represent the “most intriguing, exciting and mould-breaking winemaking in the world today”!

To read the full article, see Decanter 

Our entry is below

Elgin Ridge White Chaos

Our Chaos 2016 release is sold out. If you would like to request an allocation for our 2017 release, please email Marion at Marion@elginridge.com

Our first Biodynamic oats and straw

2018 started at Elgin Ridge with our very first harvest of certified Biodynamic oat seeds, harvested from from cover crop planted between rows of vines.

The oats were saved after baling the straw bales grown and harvested by our team.

The oat seeds will be used for next years cover crop and the straw bales will be used as feed for our Dexter herd of cattle during winter.

Biodynamic straw bales at Elgin Ridge

Biodynamic oat seeds at Elgin Ridge