In conjunction with Prescient, a multinational financial services provider, Winemag.co.za is pleased to present the seventh annual Chardonnay Report.
When Chardonnay is at its best, it’s arguably the grape responsible for the greatest dry white wine in the world, whatever lovers of Riesling might like to think. It has a universal following and is by far the best selling wine in the United States. There is also a well-established frame of reference when it comes to discussion of style and quality. While the traditional home of the variety is Burgundy in the northeast of France, where it has been grown for centuries, benchmark examples occur around the world especially from Australia and California, USA.
In South Africa, serious attempts at growing the grape date to the early 1980s. The variety is currently the seventh most planted making up just over 7% of the national vineyard. All of the above makes the South African wine industry’s efforts regarding Chardonnay, worthy of scrutiny.
There were 91 wines in the line-up, these judged blind, labels out of sight. 42 wines were rated 90 or higher on the 100-point quality scale and these were recognised during an event held at The Stack, Leinster Hall in Cape Town on Wednesday, 18 October.
The top wines were as follows:
Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve 2016
Rustenberg Stellenbosch 2016
Evidence 2016 (Sophie & Julien Schaal)
Hartenberg The Eleanor 2015
Holden Manz Barrel Fermented 2016
Longridge Organic 2015
Paul Cluver Seven Flags 2016
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch 2016
Uva Mira 2016
Delaire Graff Terraced Block Reserve 2015
GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection 2016
La Motte 2016
Lourensford The Dome 2015
Neil Ellis Whitehall 2016
Stellenrust Barrel Fermented 2016
Uva Mira The Mira 2016
Bartinney Hourglass 2016
Edgebaston 2016 (Finlayson Family Wines)
Jordan Barrel Fermented 2016
Journey’s End 2016
Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo 2016
Julien Schaal Mountain Vineyards 2016
Bergsig Barrel Fermented 2016
DeMorgenzon Reserve 2016
Domaine des Dieux 2012
Dombeya 2015 (Haskell Vineyards)
Glen Carlou 2016
Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2016
Haute Cabrière Reserve 2016
KWV Cathedral Cellars 2016
La Bri 2016
Lanzerac Limited Release Mrs English 2016
Longridge Organic 2016
Môreson Dr Reason Why Unwooded 2016
Oak Valley Beneath The Clouds 2016
Oak Valley Groenlandberg 2016
Rickety Bridge 2016
Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2015
To read the report in full, go to Winemag.co.za.
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Winemag.co.za, in conjunction with Prescient are hosting a Cape Town Public Tasting event on 25 October, to showcase the top-rated Chardonnays for 2017. Details & tickets are available online.