Jordan Wines

27 21 881 3441 Box12592
Dieboord, 7613
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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 Read more »

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  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Pinotage is a Brady Bunch grape. It was created by enmeshing two previously unrelated grapes to create a brand new entity which possesses its own compelling characteristics. In viticultural language this is called a crossing. If you really want to get technical, a crossing results when two grapes, both grown from vitis vinifera parent seed, are ... Read More

    From the article Pinotage Wines Take Center Stage

  • I've got a case and a half of miscellaneous proper Champagne I inherited from that auction over here right now, though don't see how I can get it to you.  ;-(J sparkling while it was still part of Jordan was served a lot at the Reagan White House. I would've wanted to attend (if at all) on the days when Schramsberg was served instead. The stuff ... Read More

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  • Could answer based on their performance in the early '90s. Or do you not like aged sparklers?  ;-)Had an in back then, too, and often brought guests over to Jordan (and Opus One and ...) from Asia and Europe. J wasn't split off from Jordan then, but was merely their sparkling end of the menu. Then as part of what I always guessed was a family di... Read More

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  • Looking for some sparklers for an upcoming party. Have an in with J Vineyards as my Step-Son works for Gallo and can get me a discount. Going to stop by and taste through some soon but was wondering if anyone has some experience with this producer. Looking for a solid performer if they have one. Otherwise I may go to Iron Horse. Liking the disco... Read More

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  • You can’t deny screw caps prevent cork taint, but has the emerging closure tainted tradition?  Washington State University’s (WSU) Viticulture and Enology program seems to think not, according to an article published yesterday in The Seattle Times. “They don’t stand on snobbishness when it comes to making wine at Washington State University,” As... Read More

    From the article Screw Caps Up the Wazoo: Washington State University Prefers Twist Over Cork

  • Interesting, I've been traveling a lot for work lately and seeing a variety of wine lists this list has a few surprises beyond the champagne.  First I was surprised by Jordan being first (assuming this is a ranked list), as I haven't seen them a lot, which is ok by me as I'm not a huge fan.  I'm not surprised by the big names that were on there,... Read More

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  • I took this as wineries that have their own restaurants. Quite the spread at Jordan, though mediocre wine in my experience. Read More

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  • I am surprised to see a Champagne house on the list..Well it's Veuve Clicquot.The others are kind of interesting too. Jordan is actually a decent wine and I'm surprised it made the list. Chat St. Michelle is on there because they actually produce good stuff for really low prices. Caymus, Silver Oak, and Kistler are oak-bombs that people seem to ... Read More

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  • Lists are always fun.I guess Wine & Spirits Magazine publishes an annual restaurant report.  I do not have a subscription, and, so, I have not seen the entire report.  However, here is a link to the Top 10 Restaurant Wines from their April 2015 issue.  The top 10 are: Jordan Vineyard and WineryStag's Leap Wine CellarsSonoma-Cutrer VineyardsDuckh... Read More

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  • So (and with apologies to the OP) making this the thread about hillside herbal and spice notes in wines of CA or France (or Spain or wherever) I'll ask some more specific questions here:What CA wines have demonstrated these notes of hillside 'garrigue', sagebrush, whatever for you? GregT has mentioned elsewhere to me about Qupe Central Coast syr... Read More

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