The season started with a cool June month and average rainfall, followed by the warmest July on record and well below the long term average rainfall.
This resulted in very early – and uneven budding. Strong winds towards the end of October and November resulted in a lengthy and uneven flowering period with reduced crop levels and berry size.
December and January was characterized by cool growing conditions, with January being especially cool. Overall, the growing season was extremely dry.
Picking on taste, combined with analysis our grapes arrived at the cellar on the morning of 8 March. 2019 promises to be an excellent vintage for us so it’s with great excitement that we follow the wine as it settles in with time in bottle.
Elgin, a region known for producing world class cool climate wines, is rapidly becoming synonymous with outstanding South African Chardonnay.
This well-balanced wine displays the true characteristics of a cool climate Chardonnay.
On the nose there is beautiful orange blossom, peach and mandarin with undertones of raw almonds.
The palate shows great finesse and has subtle hints of nougat and toasty notes with a refreshing, lasting and creamy finish.