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Jordan, a taste of South Africa's finest estates 15th of April 2014

Hosted by Kathy Jordan - Owner and winemaker

The Oxford Wine Company, 20 West Way, Cirencester, GL7 1JA 

Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world class wines since 1993 and are a multi award winning producer of premium wines in Stellenbosch.

The focus of the team at Jordan is to produce individual wines that express all that the New World has to offer, whilst maintaining the class and elegance of the Old World.

Listening to Kathy speak, it is easy to understand what drove Gary (a geologist) and Kathy (a economist) to pursue a life that did not have much to do with what they had studied; a passion for wine. From the day that Gary's parents bought the 146 hectares in 1982, the objective has been solely one: to present the World with outstanding wine. The night started with Kathy's introduction and from then on, it was easy to feel "teleported" to South Africa and to Jordan itself. As I heard more and more, it was amazing to feel the passion translated into what filled my glass. What an amazing "tour guide" we had, leading us through this safari of wine, where each wine was a surprise to awaken the senses:

  • Jordan The Real McCoy 2013 This Riesling is aromatic, crisp, tropical, complex and with plenty of acidity that ensures it to be enjoyed for years to come.
  • Jordan Nine Yards 2011 Burgundy you ask? No, South African Chardonnay I tell you! This is a must taste wine. Please understand the limited allocation
  • Jordan Chameleon 2013 My recommendation: sunny day, outside, seafood Asian-style and a bottle of this bad boy! This rose can't go wrong. 
  • The Prospector 2011 No need to look any longer for Syrah...fruity, chocolatey, spicy, sumptuous...you see where I am headed don't you?!! 

It was difficult to imagine that such an evening had to end but like all good things, this one also came to an end. Nonetheless, we all felt like we had paid a £10 ticket for a return trip to South Africa with first class in a glass! Cheers.

David Almeida