Cape Chamonix Reserve Chardonnay
Please note this is the Reserve Chardonnay 2016 vintage from Cape Chamonix
Platter 4.5 Stars
They don't offer this wine for public tasting, but being trade I was able to taste a large glass while we ate a platter of cold meats and cheeses in a balmy 30 degress. And I'm delighted I did. While the standard Chardonnay also received five stars, to me this wine is in a different league altogether
Gold in colour, full mouthfeel with big concentrated fruit flavours. Very well integrated oak. It's classical in style with all the elements in harmony, not overpowering as some barrel matured Chardonnays can be. For me personally this knocks the socks off Jordans Nine Yards.
Hand-picked and bunch-sorted in the last week of February and first week of March 2015.
Vineyards: A plot of 2.8 hectares in Greywacke soils with a clay content between 15-20%, on south westerly facing slopes at an altitude of 400-450 metres above sea level.
The vines, an average age of 32 years, are planted at a density of 5000 per hectare and trained in the Guyot cordon system.
Vinification and Aging: Grapes are de-stemmed, soft-crushed and the must macerated with the skins at cold temperatures for 6 to 8 hours followed by fermentation at 22-24° C for about 3 weeks without selected yeast (spontaneous) in traditional 228l French Allier barriques.
The wine, of about 13% alcohol, remains on the lees where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and is stirred periodically in what is known as batonnage. The Chardonnay Reserve is kept in barrels for 14 months and 20% is matured in Nomblot eggs.
Each barrel must be judged worthy of the final blend.
Style and maturity: We release our Chardonnay Reserve in the first year after the harvest. It has a bright straw yellow colour with golden highlights and exquisite aroma, with scents reminiscent of tropical fruit, ginger, spice and oatmeal. Well structured and minerally with flavours of lime and toasted almonds on the palate. Prime drinking begins at 3-4 years, although top vintages remain impressive for up to 10 years.
|Location||Franschoek, South Africa|
|Winery status||Privately owned winery|
|Product awards||Platter 4.5 Stars|
|Style||Full and round|
|Sulphite level||Medium Low|