Grande Provence Chardonnay
Platter 4 Stars
Gold - The Sommeliers Selection Awards
Grande Provence Chardonnay is one of South Africa's finest Chardonnays.
A long time favourite of mine. The grapes for this wine come from the best vineyard in Franschoek for Chardonnay at Robertsvlei above the dam, which has lowered the overall temperature allowing Grande Provence to produce the best Chardonnay in Franschoek (in my opinion).
I went to Chamonix before my meeting at GP where I tasted their Platter 5 Star Chardonnay 2015 which was very good. I also, being trade, was able to taste their Reserve Chardonnay 2015 which also got 5 stars from Platter. This wine was excellent. However they both paled in my opinion compared to this one from Grande Provence which just seemed to have more layers and more complexity. Here are GP's notes:
"The Chardonnay grapes come from the valley of Robertsvlei in Franschhoek, known for its cooler climate and ideal for the cultivation of this prestigious variety. Open canopies allow for lots of sunshine supported by moderate rainfall. A longer ripening period resulted in grapes filled with concentrated fruit flavours.
An elegant, full bodied wine with outstanding fruit and wood integration. Experience citrus, almonds and creamy flavours on the nose and palate, with nuances of vanilla. The wine has a soft and well balanced mouth feel with an elegant, lingering finish.
Matured for 11 months in 60% first fill and 40% second fill, French oak barrels. Enjoy this wine now or mature for 2-3 years from vintage".
Personally I think this wine will improve with some bottle age over the next few years.
|Location||Franschoek, South Africa|
|Winery status||Privately owned winery|
|Product awards||Platter 4 Stars, Gold - The Sommeliers Selection Awards|
|Style||Full, rich, subtle oak|