Organic/Biodynamic Wines

Online-Only Auction, 30 May - 13 June 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 7 035
Lot 10
  • Longridge; Ekliptika; 2012; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
  • Longridge; Ekliptika; 2012; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 7 035

About this Item

Ekliptika, 2012
6 (1 x 6) 750ml

Longridge Wine Estate, with its panoramic vista over False Bay, is situated in the Stellenbosch region on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range. Here cellarmaster Jasper Raats applies his passion for the production of organic and biodynamic wines with extensive international experience. Longridge's vision is to produce environmentally sustainable wines of superior quality. Biodynamic farming methods are utilized to the fullest, minimizing the impact they have on the environment.

Biodynamic Farming
Farmed and made according to biodynamic practices, but not certified. Often accompanied with organic farming practices.
Biodynamic farming uses no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Biodynamic farming works to achieve soil health through the use of compost, animal and green manures; diversified crop rotations; and incorporation of livestock. However, the two agricultural systems differ in that biodynamic farmers rely on eight specific preparations for the soil, crops and compost to enhance soil and plant quality, and to stimulate the composting process. The eight preparations, designated by their ingredients or by numbers 500 to 507, are made from cow manure; silica; the flowers of yarrow, chamomile, dandelion and valerian; oak bark; and the stinging nettle plant. A ninth prep, often referred to as 508, is made from horsetail and is used for fungal disease.

Ekliptika is named after the phenomenon in which the earth, stars and moon align in their orbit with the sun. Both the name and the label illustrate the biodynamic way of farming, and can be seen as a metaphor for when different components come together to create something inexplicably special and unique. This Bordeaux styled red blend is shaped to suit the unique terroir and is composed of the best batches of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Critics Ratings

‘Stylish, sophisticated 2012 blend of best batches Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. Aromas of cardamon-spiced red and black fruit, tar and hints of toasty oak lead to dry, fresh palate which is both expansive and elegant, with integrated play of fruit and minerals, supportively oaked. Natural ferment.’ - Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2015, 4.5*

‘Mostly Cabernet Franc, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for support, this Helderberg Bordeaux blend is elegant and finely judged. Silky tannins, bright acidity, graphite and leafy flavours and subtle oak sweetness. A brand to watch.’ - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2015, 92/100

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