Elgin is cool, both in terms of temperature and in fashion. This little bowl is deeply affected by the oceans in the south. Wine farming is difficult enough as it is. Brian and Marion Smith who own Elgin Ridge have taken it further and are farming their wines biodynamically. They produce a range of fine wines including their new releases of the Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and 282 Pinot Noir 2015.
Elgin Ridge Winemaker Kosie van der Merwe tell us that “the much-needed rain received for the Sauvignon Blanc resulted in a well-balanced crop with healthy fruit. After natural fermentation the wine was left on the lees for nine months. The wine’s distinctive fruit aromas were further elevated as a result of the small percentage of oak added before bottling.”
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. Simple elegant label. In the glass, it is a pale citrine in colour. The aromas are so interesting showing the unusual blackcurrant, which is a characteristic of its child, Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicate elderflower and desiccated pineapple. The palate is generous, has a line of acidity running through it from entry to the long and refreshing aftertaste with a touch of sweet tropical limes.
The Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is best served chilled. Perfect on its own as an aperitif or to sip at sundown, it is a great food partner to crunchy green summer salads and smoked fish paté. Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Harvest Lunch: Peach & Prosciutto Salad | Snoek Paté & Dried Fruit Pickle is the way to do lunch while peaches are still in season. Click here for her recipe.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label, as above is simple and elegant. In the glass, the wine is a translucent ruby garnet in colour. The aromas are classic Pinot Noir, berries and cherries, petrichor and cacao. The palate which is generous, is made vibrant by a bright acidity from entry to the lovely aftertaste. Flavours of dark cherries, mushrooms and delicately brewed Darjeeling tea.
The Elgin Ridge 282 Pinot Noir 2015 is a food wine and do chill it for about 30 minutes. While it is delicate, I think of it as a red wine pretending to be a white wine, we must remember that it is the wine of Coq au Vin and Beef Bourguignonne. So while it would be happy to tackle a tranche of seared tuna, it will perfectly partner a fine steak with a creamy mushroom sauce. Alida Ryder’s Creamy Mushroom Sauce is perfect for your steak. Click here for her recipe.
The wines after lockdown will be available from the Estate’s Tasting room, the Sauvignon Blanc at R135.00 and the Pinot Noir at R250.00. The wines are also available from specialist wine shops.
For more information visit www.elginridge.com.