Cape Chamonix Chardonnay 2015
This Chardonnay from Cape Chamonix is excellent value.
Platter 5 Stars
Cape Chamonix is a quality winery on the eastern slopes of the Franschoek Valley. They do delicious platters and have a lovely tasting room with outside seating and very friendly staff. They make some good wines too.
I had to taste this Chardonnay as it was awarded Plater 5 Stars which usually goes to less than 100 wines per year out of over 10,000 tasted, and I'm a huge Chardonnay fan.
It's pale gold in colour. Rich and buttery with some citrus on the long finish. Good wine.
Cape Chamonix Chardonnay 2015 - Platter 5 Stars.
Hand-picked and bunch-sorted in the last week of February and first week of March 2015.
Vineyards: Plots totalling 4.5 hectares in calcareous clay and Greywacke soils, on south-westerly facing slopes at about 400-450 metres of altitude. The vines, of an average age of 20 and 23 years, are planted at a density of 5000 per hectare and trained in the Guyot Cordon method.
Vinification and Aging: Grapes are soft-crushed and the must fermented (spontaneously) for 15-30 days at 18-22° C in small French oak barrels (about 40% new annually), in which malolactic fermentation occurs naturally during a year of maturing on the lees for approximately 11 months.
The wine, of about 13.5% alcohol is lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.
Style and maturity: Our Chamonix Chardonnay is released in the first year after the harvest. The wine shows bright straw yellow colours with golden highlights and ample aromas in scents that recall tropical fruits and grapefruit, mingling with hints of oatmeal, caramel and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with richly complex flavours, mellow fruit sensations are deftly fused with oak in a long, elegant finish. It should reach its prime in about 5 years from release.
|Location||Franschoek, South Africa|
|Winery status||Privately owned winery|
|Product awards||Platter 5 Stars|
|Style||Full and round|
|Sulphite level||Medium Low|