Organic/Biodynamic Wines

Online-Only Auction, 30 May - 13 June 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 6 449
Lot 11
  • Longridge; Ekliptika; 2015; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
  • Longridge; Ekliptika; 2015; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 6 449

About this Item

Ekliptika, 2015
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

‘Impressive Cabernet Franc-led Bordeaux blend with near-equal Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Accomplished 2015 nuanced with fynbos and spice, fruit intensity supported by backbone of tannin, well-integrated oak (2 years, 90% new).’ -  Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2018, 5* (95/100)

‘Ekliptika is popular in Switzerland and you have to conclude that the Swiss have good taste. Based on Cabernet Franc, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon providing support, it’s a serious, grippy, well-structured red with good texture and leafy top notes. 2019-26.’ - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 94/100

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