The Durbanville Hills Winery is a co-operation between 9 independent quality wine grape growers who farm in the Durbanville Hills on the tiny Wine Ward of Durbanville. Up a small valley which is open to the Atlantic Ocean and its cooling Benguela Current breezes on the western side. Their partner in the Durbanville Hills Winery is Distell, well known Cape Wine Company. The Durbanville Hills Winery has a number of ranges of wines and the one on which I focus today is called The Collector’s Reserve. Each of these wines is name after a site in the city, hence the Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cableway Chardonnay 2018.
The very clever label artwork is done by Theo Vorster a local artist who specializes in lino cut style art. He has a lovely sense of humour.
The grapes for the Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cableway Chardonnay 2018 come from two 15-year-old blocks on the open Western side of the valley, one which has good sun exposure and the other faces on to the cooler side of the valley. Slow ripening takes place as a result of the cooling Benguela Breezes.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks with 60% of the juices taken to barrel after one third of the fermentation is completed. Regular lees stirring takes place by rolling the barrels regularly, this prevents oxidation. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is elegant Durbanville Hills stuff with the lovely Theo Vorster artwork. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright golden straw colour with lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas are classical Chardonnay with tropical citrus, desiccated pineapple and ripe stone fruit. From entry the wine is vibrant with the thread of acidity running through it into the long and gently waning aftertaste. The mid palate is generous [all that barrel rolling] and rich in flavour. An excellent glass and a bottle which will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cableway Chardonnay 2018 should not be served too chilled. It is a perfect food wine and goes well with game birds, butter roasted organic chicken and is excellent with sushi or Ceviche. Lizet Hartley’s Butternut Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce is a great dish for a midweek supper when you are wanting a great bottle of wine at the end of a busy day. Click HERE for her recipe and to browse her lovely website.
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