Oldenburg Vineyards, up in the Banghoek Valley, is cooler than the vineyards on the other side of the Simonsberg. The winter of 2018 brought relief from the drought. Later in the year the weather conditions were good, especially in January and most of February. In late February the weather gods sent unseasonable rain which made final ripening and harvesting tricky. However, the grapes reached ideal ripeness and were hand harvested from two Chardonnay blocks on the Estate which are between 12 and 15 years of age. The grapes were cooled overnight and whole bunch pressed. Juices settled out overnight and were taken to oak barrels for spontaneous fermentations in a combination of 228L and 300L French oak barrels – one third of which was new oak. The barrels were rolled once a week to stir the lees. The barrel process of fermentation and maturation took place over 10 months before the wine was prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a premium screw cap. The label is interesting and illustrates the confluence of the 8 Natural Elements that determine the unique terroir and the wine’s real sense of place. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden yellow – brightshining. The aromas remind of white flowers, tropical fruits like guava, granadilla and fynbos honey. The palate from entry is generous, full and soft, with a golden thread of fruit acidity running through into the long and very satisfying aftertaste. The flavours are of soft sun dried apricots, sappy white fleshed white peaches, there is an undertow of marzipan and oak with its concomitant spice and vanilla. Nic van Aarde has produced a great glass.
The Oldenburg Vineyards Series Chardonnay 2019 is no quaffer, It is a wine for serious sipping as an aperitif or watching the sun go down. It works so well with a variety of dishes and styles. From a tranche of fish butter pan-fried with lemon and parsley, to a pot roasted organic chicken, and a roast belly of pork with crispy crunchy crackling. It also works really well with a delicious crisp green salad. The Pesto Princess offers a fabulous Vegan Caesar Salad, click HERE for her recipe.
Oldenburg Vineyards should definitely be high up on your bucket list for an after lockdown visit.
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