30 September 2015

WotM - Springfontein Jonathan’s Ridge Pinotage 2010.

My Wine of the Month for September is Springfontein ‘Jonathan’s Ridge’ Pinotage 2010. 

This wine has depth with lush sweet fruit backed by lovely soft tannins from its 19 months  aging in 80% new  French and American barriques. It’s not until later processing the label photo I noticed 15% abv, the wine is just so well balanced and drinkable and it was deservedly a Top 10 winner in 2013.

It’s a single vineyard wine from vines planted in 2000, so less than 9 years old at time of harvest. Wild yeast fermented and unfiltered.

The label is informative, and is hand numbered. This was No. 2290 of 3839.

Springfontein is in the upcoming Stanford area. I’ve not yet visited this winery or the others nearby except for Raka. I must do so, for I have enjoyed several bottles of Jonathan’s Ridge since first being recommended it at the wine shop in Hoek Hoew farmshop.

Dr. Johst Weber bought the Walker Bay property in 1994 and decided the terroir best suited Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. The current  winemaker is Tariro Masayiti, but the 2010 vintage was made by Christo Verfeldand.  

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