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.
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.