Organic/Biodynamic Wines

Online-Only Auction, 30 May - 13 June 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 9 967
Lot 12
  • Longridge; Misterie Merlot; 2015; 3 (1 x 3); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 6 000 - 8 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 9 967

About this Item

Misterie Merlot, 2015
3 (1 x 3) 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.

Critics Ratings

‘Intended to raise the bar for SA Merlot (and priced accordingly), 2015 very polished and modern but not overwhelmingly so, plenty of latent structure from 2 years oak (old and new) for lengthy cellaring. Dash Cabernet Franc adds spearmint top note, touch extra grip. Helderberg grapes.’ - Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2020, 4.5* (93/100)

“The best Merlot I could find” is Jasper Raats’ description of this compact, richly layered blend with 3% Cabernet Franc. The price may put some off, but it’s a very ambitious red with serious ageworthy tannins and masses of inky fruit. 2022-30.’ - Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 93/100

Provenance

Producer

View all Longridge lots for sale in this auction



Other lots that might interest you
Joostenberg; Bakermat; 2015; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
Joostenberg; Bakermat
2015; 6 (1 x 6) 750ml
ZAR 2 500 - 3 000
Joostenberg; Bakermat; 2015; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
Joostenberg; Bakermat
2015; 6 (1 x 6) 750ml
ZAR 2 500 - 3 000
Longridge; Clos du Ciel Chardonnay; 2013 - 2015; 6 (3 x 2); 750ml
Longridge; Clos du Ciel Chardonnay
2013 - 2015; 6 (3 x 2) 750ml
ZAR 5 500 - 6 500
Longridge; Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Cuveé Rika Pinot Noir; 2012, 2014 - 2018; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
Longridge; Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Cuveé Rika Pinot Noir
2012, 2014 - 2018; 6 (1 x 6) 750ml
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000
Longridge; Ekliptika; 2012; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
Longridge; Ekliptika
2012; 6 (1 x 6) 750ml
ZAR 4 000 - 6 000
A & P de Villaine; Bouzeron; 2015; 2 (1 x 2); 750ml
A & P de Villaine; Bouzeron
2015; 2 (1 x 2) 750ml
ZAR 1 200 - 1 400