Erica Landin

Location: Stockholm, AB

While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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  • Dec 26, 2012 at 9:58am
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    Average Price: $56.95



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    Added Dec 26, 2012 at 9:01am
    Rodolphe Peters, Pierre's grandson, is doing a great job with this little grower house in Le Mesnil (where Krug has their prime holdings). Great chardonnay territory. I'd go for the Magnum which holds declassified vintage wine without the increase in price. It's an insider tip among wine writers. His Cuvée les Chetillons is a fantastic cuvee in a slightly higher price category.

  • Oct 23, 2012 at 3:08am

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  • Oct 23, 2012 at 3:05am
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  • Oct 23, 2012 at 3:04am

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    Erica Landin's Review:
    Added Oct 23, 2012 at 3:04am
    The first time I tasted this I said "wow". The second time I tasted this, I offered to work for the winemaker (he didn't take me, by the way). Such an interesting, rich chenin blanc with many layers of creamy complexity and minerality on top of a good acidity from what should be a terribly hot climate. A fun wine to play with for food pairings or just to drink on its own, well chilled to start. Though a few of his wines are a bit funky, most of what Craig does is absolutely gorgeous. I think this is a future star and trend-setter in South African wine. Watch him!

  • Oct 16, 2012 at 5:08pm

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    Erica Landin's Review:
    Added Oct 16, 2012 at 4:32pm
    One of the best sparkling wines from South Africa in my view. Nice sharp acidity, pleasant little bubbles, a touch of fruity, heady fragrance and lees (yeasty, toasted nutty notes). Better than most non-champagne sparkling wines out there (including anything I personally have tried from Cali). Farmed with a personal mix of organics and biodynamics, Avondale is definitely sustainable. They get rid of snails, for example, by using ducks who are specially trained and taken to the vineyard in a "duckmobile". Cute!

  • Oct 16, 2012 at 5:02pm

    Cartology 2010

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    Added Oct 16, 2012 at 4:27pm
    One of the most mentioned white blends at the Cape Wine 2012 fair where journalists from around the world got together with South African producers, importers and random groupies (just kidding, it was all highly professional). A rich, slightly waxy chenin blanc with lots of minerality and a honeysuckle, white peach nose. Interesting wine with huge potential!

  • Oct 16, 2012 at 5:01pm
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    Average Price: $29.99



    Erica Landin's Review:
    Added Oct 16, 2012 at 4:33pm
    Mullineux, the garagiste winery by young couple Chris and Andréa Mullineux, are making record speed at winning wine writers' hearts. Their wines, over the board, are excellent. No need (in my mind) to hit their prestige bottlings of Syrah - their "regular" shiraz is anything but regular. Same for their sweet straw wine, and for this white blend. Dominated by old-vine chenin blanc from the Swartland area of South Africa, it is a wine with both ample fruit and ample toasted nuttiness. The 2011 made me think of fresh pancakes with cloudberry jam. A must-try. Yum, yum, yum.

  • Oct 16, 2012 at 4:51pm
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    Average Price: $39.99



    Erica Landin's Review:
    Added Oct 16, 2012 at 4:25pm
    Much lauded chardonnay from the cool climate Hemel en Aarde (did I spell it right? It means heaven and earth if I understand Afrikaans by now) in the eastern parts of the South African Cape winelands. Nice freshness and structure while still providing bright fruit and creamy texture.

  • Oct 16, 2012 at 4:49pm

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    Erica Landin's Review:
    Added Oct 16, 2012 at 4:24pm
    Adi Badenhorst, the winemaker, is a bit nuts and he plays it up. A founding member of the Swartland Independent Revolution, he is easily recognized at any formal South African wine event for his wild beard and bright eyes. He says the wine makes itself because he is lazy - I'd like to call Bull**** on that one. He knows exactly what he is doing and his wines are clean, bright and with personality. The old vines he must have gotten a hold of for this Chenin Blanc give depth, richness and complexity to the wine. Highly drinkable at a good price. Hands-off winemaking.

  • Oct 16, 2012 at 4:47pm

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    Erica Landin's Review:
    Added Oct 16, 2012 at 4:24pm
    The first time I tasted this I said "wow". The second time I tasted this, I offered to work for the winemaker (he didn't take me, by the way). Such an interesting, rich chenin blanc with many layers of creamy complexity and minerality on top of a good acidity from what should be a terribly hot climate. A fun wine to play with for food pairings or just to drink on its own, well chilled to start. Though a few of his wines are a bit funky, most of what Craig does is absolutely gorgeous. I think this is a future star and trend-setter in South African wine. Watch him!

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