South African Chardonnay excelling locally and internationally
29 September 2011 by Chardonnay Forum
South African Chardonnay producers can be very proud of their efforts in
showcasing Chardonnay as South Africa's most consistent and premier
Restraint oak usage, thoughtful winemaking and viticulture reflecting Chardonnay terroir is bearing fruit and results.
At the 2011 Nederburg Pre-auction tasting, wine critics and journalists heaped praise on the Chardonnay selection and at the industry’s renewed direction.
Neil Pendock commented that Chardonnay was the strongest of the white wine flights and reflected great depth and age ability.
Michael Fridjhon commented that no one can dismiss the fact that South Africa producers some of the finest Chardonnay in the world.
At the 2011 Nederburg Auction Chardonnay wines achieved the highest prices, with the top price paid for De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2003 (R633 per bottle). Other top prices went to Uva Mira Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2004, and Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007.
Chardonnay excels in the latest Robert Parker Wine Advocate Review with fantastic high scores.
“A blind tasting of nearly 100 South African Chardonnay proved that this is South Africa’s most consistent white grape variety” Neal Martin from Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
20 Chardonnay wines from Chamonix, Glen Carlou, Bouchard Finlayson, De Wetshof, Rustenburg, La Motte, Newton Johnson and Jordan scored 90+.
Top chardonnay scores were achieved by Chamonix 93, and Uva Mira, Tokara and Hamilton Russell with 94 points.
To all interested parties the Chardonnay Forum is hosting a half day Seminar including a tasting lineup of international bench-mark chardonnay sponsored by Francois Freres and Wine Machinery on the 25th of October in Stellenbosch.
For more information on the Seminar day or the Chardonnay Forum please contact our chairperson: Matthew Van Heerden on +27 (0)21 8801683 or .
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