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I was introduced to lightly wooded Chardonnay one evening in the company of a good friend at Noop restaurant. She was my wine mentor at the time and often blew my mind with incredible wines and insightful titbits. According to her, South African Chardonnay winemakers had used too much wood in the past, blindly following the Old World.

Back then there was not enough understanding around the cool French climate and the fact that their Chardonnay grapes never reached the same level of ripeness and flavour than the fruit in our warmer South African climate. The French needed to add character and flavour by using oak with a heavy hand, and they still do it very well. In South Africa winemakers have come around to these nuances around climate and terroir and are now using oak much more wisely than their predecessors, allowing the beautiful ripe South African fruit flavours to shine through.

Chardonnay
Dabar Chardonnay 2017 and Summaridge Chardonnay 2015

New to Hemel-en-Aarde and surrounds, I have made a point of sampling the region’s Chardonnays. And, I have to say, they all reflect my friend’s wise  words. Two of these have stood out for me. Dabar 2017 Chardonnay and Sumaridge 2015 Chardonnay, both available at Wine Village at very different price points, evidence that price should not always be the deciding factor when buying fine wine.

Both these wines burst with primary fruit aromas and flavours of citrus blossoms, Honeysuckle and apple. The palate is creamy yet elegant with a crisp minerality. The Sumaridge Chardonnay, with five years of bottle maturation, shows great depth of tertiary character like honey, toast and hay.

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Below, I have listed our most popular Chardonnays with links to our website.

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Ataraxia 2018

Subtle and intense. Creamy with intriguing complexity and good length.

Baleia 2015

Ripe tropical fruit, dried peaches and hints of butterscotch and toffee.

Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat 2018

Sleek and refined, spicy lemon drop aroma complexity announces white peach, nectarine and pear.

Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale 2017

Underexposed wood tones with over-layers of vanilla, pear, mango yeasty lees.

Bouchard Finlayson Sans Barrique (Unwooded) 2018

Mineral rich with peach, lime and gooseberry. Creamy and complex.

Creation 2018

Layers of sun-kissed pear and peach on the nose, enhanced by fresh minerality and a hint of vanilla.

Creation Reserve 2018

Vibrant aromas of fresh grapefruit and fragrant apple mingle with a hint of honey and cinnamon.

Domaine Des Dieux 2015

Great depth and well integrated oak flavours.

Hamilton Russell 2018

Prominent pear and lime aromas and flavours. Long dry minerality.

La Vierge Jezebelle 2018

Aromatic lime, white flowers and mineral character.

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards 2017

Green lime, chalk, allspice and citrus.

Newton Johnson Southend 2017

Bracing lemon blossom, green limes and crisp pineapple.

Restless River Ava Maria 2017

Thrilling tension, purity and complexity in spice-edged, ripe lime flavours.

Seven Springs 2015

Aromas and flavours of ripe apples, tropical fruit, white florals, hints of nuttiness and coconut.

Springfield Wild Yeast (Unwooded) 2018

Pineapple and pear drops. Deliciously complex.

Sumaridge 2015

Elegant citrus notes compliment the textured palate. Lively minerality.

Tesselaarsdal 2019

Clean and lifted primary fruit character and citrus blossom introduce a long, gentle palate, very expressive but also deliciously classical and restrained.