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“Brilliant food and service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jordan Wine Estate

Jordan Wine Estate
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$127.25*
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Private Wine Tour of Stellenbosch from Stellenbosch
Ranked #8 of 141 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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“Brilliant food and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

Had a 3 course Sunday lunch with friends at the Jordan restaurant and it was absolutely brilliant. Excellent service, delicious food and great wines all for a reasonable price. Will certainly recommend to all friends planning on visiting the area.

Visited September 2012
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“stunning wine and views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

We had great weather. The vineyard was beautifully presented, great views and the wine even better. We bought some back with us!

Visited August 2012
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knysna
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“The Best in the Country”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Most wonderful tastes, plating, ambiance, service! Fantastic, you can't get better. go if you can! Georges Jardine just has what it takes to be the best chef in the country. Fabulous new eatery in the winelamds!

Visited October 2011
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Berlin, Germany
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“Love it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

Love the food, the service, the scenery, the value for money. Its a very special place! I have been there several times and my expectations have always been exceeded.

Visited January 2012
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Perth, Western Australia
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“very nice meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

Very nice meal, I think it was a bit overrated and pretentious though. Seemed to be more staff than tables available, therefore gave the feeling we were being stared at all night. Dessert was really nice, wine list quite limited.

Visited May 2012
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