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“Jordan with George Jardine - Superb Dining!”
Review of Jordan Wine Estate

Jordan Wine Estate
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Private Wine Tour of Stellenbosch from Stellenbosch
Ranked #10 of 143 things to do in Stellenbosch
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Owner description: South African roots. Worldwide acclaim. Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He's a geologist, she's an economist - together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary's parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146-hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes. From the Jordan hillside vineyards one has spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch. Gary and Kathy worked internationally for two years, refining their high-energy instincts with practical experience. They returned home to build a cellar in 1992. The following year the vines were judged ready for making wines that would carry the Jordan name. From that first year it was obvious that a new star had been added to the winemaking firmament. Continuing success has enlarged the team, with the focus on producing fiercely individual wines that combine the fruity accessibility of the New World with the Classic Elegance of the Old. Jordan wines - a team effort, distinctly individual in character. Unique by Nature's Design. The Jordan philosophy is simple: Success begins in the vineyards. Exceptional wines are made possible by careful management of the farm's extensive natural assets through innovative canopy management and selecting varieties and clones specifically suited to the various soils and slopes. Unique by Nature's Design, the Jordan slopes face North, South, East, and West, with vineyards lying at differing altitudes from 160 to 410 m above sea level. The vineyards with their close proximity to both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans benefit from coastal fog and cool breezes. A mild Mediterranean climate with a maritime influence minimizes the risk of frost damage. The soils at Jordan have evolved from 600 million year old Cape Granite, and range from deep, well-drained clay-loam to gravelly and sandy duplex soils situated on clay. The Jordan philosophy combines the vineyards' natural assets with innovative management, creating a profound expression of terroir. It also includes a profound respect for nature with a selection of indigenous flora and fauna to be found on the farm Technology in the hands of Mother Nature The cellar is pure Jordan. An elegant, yet bold fusion of Old and New World architectural ideas. State-of-the-art, practical and functional, the high-tech elements blend easily with the forces of nature. The cellar is designed around a gravity flow system using natural cooling through recessing the cellar into the slope of the mountain. Stainless steel fermentation tanks, varying in capacity, enable fruit from individual vineyards to be vinified separately. Tanks are jacketed with cooling bands to ensure controlled fermentation and storage temperatures. The barrel-fermented white wines are made according to Classic Burgundian methods. Fermentation takes place in the coolest area of the underground cellar. Separate barrel cellars are designated for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz where the wines mature and undergo malolactic fermentation in Bordeaux-shaped barrels. To ensure the highest level of quality, all wine is bottled and labeled on site, thus completing the circle from vineyards to wine. The Jordan cellar - a perfect environment to transform exceptional fruit into world-class wine.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Jordan with George Jardine - Superb Dining!”
Reviewed July 5, 2012


To overcome Winter Blues in SA a little pampering is needed. The Cape is very much geared to summer sunshine, however if you know where to go then a gourmet comfortable visit can be world class …without the crowds.

We started with a few superlative days in the Cape with a suite [same cost as normal room] at Cape Royale. These guys know how to do superlative luxury whilst recognizing that a there is a recession. Personalities and smiles abound. They claim the best steak at the 1800 Grill and my partners was superb. Vegetarians are scarce in the Cape! So my gourmet weekend was heavily devoted to ‘Mushroom Risotto’!
We then travelled to Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, to find a stunning boutique winelands style 5* hotel. Being quiet, the attention was all smiles and ready to meet our every whim. A stunning wine estate setting with early morning birdlife being the alarm clock. The weather meant we spent much cozt time by the fireplace with superb attention from …….
Our first choice was Delaire for dinner, however they are in midst of renovations. The Hotel recommended the restaurant at Jordan Wine Estate. An early disappointment with our seating plan was soon forgotten with the best starter of the decade a crispy duck with a delicious foam and delicate jus. The menu was just stunning and topped off with a soufflé which was the dessert of the decade. My Mushroom Risotto was made from scratch, as Vegies do not like wine, this delayed our main course which sadly meant my partners lamb was somewhat cold. However overall a Michelin Star performance, with a Cab Sav to delight.

Now we were on a gourmet roll! So we asked the Hotel late to book another restaurant and we headed off for Volkskombuis in Dorp Street. From the outside an interesting Afrikaans edifice. Quiet inside but it was 9.30 at this stage. Their signature dish for 35 years in their Chicken Pie. However my partners problem of choice was solved when the had a special that included the chicken pie, a baboetie and a curry lamb taster. The starters were a big let down. Libel concerns enter when we came to our main courses. My partners generous description of the ‘pies’ was that he misread the menu as they did say that they were 35 years old! My ‘Mushroom Risotto’ with white mushrooms was simply inedible.
Prior to a superb breakfast at Asara, it was time to take Rennies. So Saturday was characterized by Superb to Hopeless.

With uncomfortable tummies we set off for Sunday lunch at ‘Food and Wine’ at Moreson wine Estate. We were cheered being 45 minutes late to be greeted by Sunshine…a great name…, [stopped at DELI CAT EESSEN for a quick tea to settle tummies from night before]. Again starters were world class …but mains were ordinary.

There are so many options in the Winelands that you are spoiled for choice, however good homework and advice from the Concierges is necessary.

Visited July 2012
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

When we arrived we were greeted by the very friendly manager. The wine was superb and the food one of the highlights of our trip. Our whole party enjoyed the afternoon. Definitely worth a vist

Visited July 2012
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“Went for a late lunch”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

We sampled their wines and had a late lunch. My husband had mussels that were spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Nice view of the vineyards from the restaurant. Very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Their restaurant, with George Jardine, divine!”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

In their restaurant. We asked for a vegan alternative to their set menu. They served up beautiful dishes, the forest herbs based option really is divine.

With the winery, stunning views, nice people, nice wine, what more can you want!

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Durban, South Africa
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“Great wines”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

You need to buy wines here after tasting ; Really scientifically produced ; I like the reds.

Visited April 2012
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