Middelvlei Winery in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation is family owned and managed estate belonging to the Momberg Family. I have known Jan Momberg the patriarch of the family since the late 1960s, then known as Stil Jan he is a distinguished, kindly and a quiet man.
Apart from some magical reds, Tinnie Momberg, the family winemaker produces a superb white, the Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay 2019. The grapes are hand harvested from a small single 19 year old ten hectare vineyard, into small baskets to protect the integrity of the grapes. Once cooled in the cellar, the grapes are destalked and crushed and taken to the press for 6 hours of skin contact. The juice was cool and clear settled and then taken to tanks for fermentation. Post fermentation time on the lees took place for a month. Here the flavours are built. Eminently drinkable now, it will reward you with a couple of years of cool cellaring.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is classical Middelvlei elegant. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw in colour, gem bright. The aromas are of ripe white fleshed peaches, and grapefruit skin oil. The palate is rich and generous, with a lovely line of acidity running through it from entry to the long aftertaste. Minerals, fruit and the acidity all interwoven in the long aftertaste. The fruit is so bright that oak is not required to support it.
Don’t serve the Middelvlei Unoaked Chardonnay 2019 too chilled. Perfect food wine, and excellent with cheese at the end of a meal. I find that white wines and cheese are great partners. Dalewood Fromage Wineland Chef’s Camembert or their Brie is a perfect cheese, served with almond biscotti and watermelon preserve. Leave the cheese out of the fridge in a cool place for at least 48 hours before serving for the ultimate pleasure. Click HERE to read more about Dalewood Fromage.
For more information on Middelvlei Wines as well as their line up of experiences, visit www.middelvlei.co.za.