De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015
The leading European drinks trade publication, The Drinks Business, named The De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015 as one of the best-performing Chardonnays under £20 in The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016. Winners included wines from Sicily, to Israel and Australia.
According to The Drinks Business, what makes the wines special is their judging process. Each of the Chardonnays were judged blind without any knowledge of their source country, allowing their experts to assess them purely for quality without prejudice about their region of origin. The winning wines were selected by an exacting panel of judges, made up of Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers.
De Grendel Cellarmaster Charles Hopkins
While Sauvignon Blanc still heavily dominates the South African white wine market, Chardonnay is increasing in popularity, says De Grendel Cellarmaster Charles Hopkins. South Africa has a style of Chardonnay for every palate he says. “Due to our geographic contrast, there are quite a few different styles of Chardonnays from Elgin to Robertson, and of course Stellenbosch to Durbanville, from fruit driven, unoaked to broad and heavy wooded malolactic styles.”
Chardonnay grapes ripening on the vine
De Grendel has the only Chardonnay in South Africa from the newly declared appellation of Ceres Plateau, situated 960 meters in altitude, with soft shale soils and extremely cold winters. In some years, the vines are completely covered in snow during winter – unique in South Africa and making the climate truly continental and ideal for Chardonnay in particular.
“The wine has an amazing chemical composition with high acidity and great citrus fruit notes. It was kept for eight months in oak barrels, but doesn’t show strong wood characteristics,” says Charles.
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The De Grendel Op die Berg Chardonnay 2015 has a bright green to straw hue. On the nose, citrus flavours of grapefruit and marmalade. These are well supported on the palate by soft vanilla undertones. Great length and weight in the structure of the wine result in it being an ideal food partner. It has the potential to mature for the next 4 to 5 years resulting in an even fuller and richer wine.
Information from De Grendel Wine Estate
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