By Nicolette Waterford
Jordan is one of the most celebrated wine estates in South Africa and has been under the meticulous management of husband and wife team Gary and Kathy Jordan since 1993.
The estate has a rich history stretching back more than 300 years. Gary’s parents bought the 146 hectare property in 1982 and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, focussing on classic grape varieties best suited to the different soils and slopes of the farm.
Jordan is also home to one of South Africa’s best chefs, George Jardine and the Jordan Restaurant is open for a la carte lunch from Monday to Sunday from 12pm until 3pm and a six course set menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6.30pm. (For reservations, call 021 881 3612, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
It has been a stellar year for Jordan on the wine competition circuit during 2012 with accolades including seven medals and two coveted gold medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. At the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards the estate clinched the International Chardonnay Trophy and at the SA Terroir Awards they walked away with the National award for the top Riesling for their 2011 ‘The Real McCoy’ Riesling. At the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show they received a staggering eight medals and the American Express Trophy for the Best Cabernet Sauvignon and the Trophy for Best Museum Class Chenin Blanc.
At the Top 100 Wine Awards they were the best performing cellar with more wines included in the top 100 than any other estate in South Africa.
To conclude this winning streak at the Veritas Awards, Jordan was the top performing privately-owned wine estate in South Africa with three double Gold awards for the Cobblers Hill Bordeaux Blend 2008, the Nine Yards Chardonnay 2011 and the Jordan Chardonnay 2010.
After all that, I do not have to convince you that their wines are world class and this picturesque estate is well worth a visit. The Jordan Summer Festival taking place on November 24 might be just the opportunity to meet the Jordans and taste their amazing wines.
The estate will be buzzing with live music, wine tastings, cellar and vineyard tours, boules, an exclusive Cape Winemakers Guild tasting, a fresh food market by top chef, George Jardine, an art exhibition, red wine blending and a jumping castle and pony rides for the little ones. The entry fee is R50 per person with free entry for children, and all the profits will be in aid of Stellenbosch Animal Welfare.