Douglas Green Chardonnay Viognier 2020, ‘gorgeous juicy peaches and cream with lemon and lime brightness’…

Douglas Green Chardonnay Viognier 2020

There’s a great story behind Douglas Green Wines. Douglas Green was one of the early Cape negotiants, perhaps even before that word was ever used in the Cape. He was a graduate of Elsenburg, the famed Stellenbosch University Wine Department. He knew where the good grapes were, who made good wine and he set about forming his company Douglas Green Wines. A legend in his time, all he wanted to do was to deliver great wine with a high quality to price ratio which reflected the character of the grapes used in the makings thereof. Today 78 years later, the ethic is still the same.

Viognier, the minor grape in this wine which adds so much to it

The Douglas Green Chardonnay Viognier 2020 is a blend of the two grapes, where even 5% Viognier makes such a difference creating a blend of two varieties where the sum is greater than the parts. The source of the grapes is in the Breedekloof, Worcester and Robertson Wine Appellations. The wines are made in approved cellars in the Appellations and are watched over by the Douglas Green Oenologist, Jaco Potgieter. Once ready, the wines are taken to the Douglas Green Cellar in Wellington for final blending and preparation for bottling.

Jaco Potgieter, the Douglas Green Winemaker

Pour
From a Burgundy shaped vine leaf coloured bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is a quirky etching of Douglas Green standing next to his Bakkie with a small dog in tow. In the glass, the wine is a gem like pale citrine with lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas are delicious Chardonnay, generous citrus and fresh sliced cling peach with desiccated pineapple. The Viognier adds its floral and apricotty undertow. The palate is with sparky from entry to the long aftertaste with the aromas segueing beautifully with sweet spice and pear. It is perfectly in balance, fruit and acidity going through into the long aftertaste.

Pair
The Douglas Green Chardonnay Viognier 2020 is a good glass on its own as a sundown sipper or an aperitif leading into a meal. As a main course at lunch, some delicious sesame dusted spicy chicken wings and a lovely salad would be perfect. This is a layered salad made by my wife Madeleine.

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