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MICHAEL GREEN’S WINE NOTES (article first published : 2002-01-28)

Gecko Ridge is the economy label of the Long Mountain cellar at Stellenbosch, which is owned by the international liquor giant Pernod Ricard. One of South Africa’s most experienced and accomplished winemakers, Jacques Kruger, is in charge, and Robin Day, one of the big names in the Australian wine industry, is a kind of consultant/overseer.

With this background it is not surprising that standards are high. And in the case of Gecko Ridge economy prices do not mean lower quality. The wines are designed to have a wide appeal at attractive prices, and they have been a great success.

A new Gecko Ridge wine is called African Red. It may sound vaguely like a parrot, or perhaps a pop group, but the wine is a first-rate blended red, bright-coloured, medium bodied (quite light at 12,5 percent alcohol), fruity and well-balanced. Winemaker Kruger says it is a remarkably drinkable and social wine. Quite so. It will go well with any food (especially meat, stews and pasta) and on any occasion. At a retail price of about R19 it will, I think, be a big seller.

A rather bigger, bolder wine is the Gecko Ridge 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve. Using cabernet grapes from Robertson, Rawsonville and Vinkrivier, the latter being a cooler region than the other two, Jacques Kruger has produced a rich, fruity wine with the berry character typical of cabernet sauvignon, and with a hint of smoky wood in the aroma. The wine is cherry red in colour, with purple tinges. Alcohol content is 12,5 percent.

Like many of the modern Cape cabernets, this one has been placed on the market while still young, a year after vintage. It was obviously made for early maturation and is excellent now, but I think it will improve for some years in the bottle. Cabernet is, generally speaking, expensive wine. This one sells at about R23,50 a bottle, a very pleasant price for a very pleasant wine. – Michael Green




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