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Cape Chamonix - Chardonnay 2016

White wine from Paarl · South Africa
Price: £25.95
Case Rate: £24.66
Ex Tax: £21.63
Country:
South Africa
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 13.50
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
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90 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
South Africa
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol Percentage: 13.50
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020

Wine tasting notes

Our Chamonix Chardonnay is released in the first year after the harvest. The wine shows bright straw yellow colours with golden highlights and ample aromas in scents that recall tropical fruits and grapefruit, mingling with hints of oatmeal, caramel and nutmeg. It should reach its prime in about 5 years from release.Medium-bodied with richly complex flavours of fruit. The wine is balanced and supported by a touch of light oak, carrying through tilt to the last sip.

Winery information

Cape Chamonix

Chamonix Wine Farm is nestled against Mont Rochelle mountain, deep within the rich wine-growing valley of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Formerly part of historic La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, Chamonix today comprises some 300 hectares. German-born Chris Hellinger purchased the farm in the early nineties when it was predominantly an export fruit farm. With tenacity and vigor a replanting program began, steadily replanting fruit trees with noble French varieties of vines and with an engineering background combined with old world principles an underground cellar was built. An underground passage leads one through the cellar up into the Blacksmith’s Cottage, built in the late 1700s which now houses the Winetasting Room and Sales. Chamonix has around 50 hectares under vineyard. As purists, they believe that to produce a wine of character, containing all elements of grape, unique terroir, and process, it is essential that only Chamonix grapes are used. Against the mountain, the farm benefits from cool breezes during hot summer months and stony, clay-rich soil, giving the wines the unique personality and character which make up the Chamonix story.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 90 pts

April 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2015 Chardonnay spent 14 months in French oak (30% new) this year. It has an attractive bouquet with citrus fruit, grapefruit, dried honey and a touch of hazelnut, displaying good vigor and intensity. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, fine tension with hints of walnut and linseed infusing the light tropical tones, dovetailing into an attractive and quite persistent finish. Enjoy this over the next 5-8 years.


JancisRobinson.com (2013) - 16.5 pts

Tasted Sept 2014 - Correct and sleek, with lots of green fruit. Tight and polished.


Wine Spectator (2014) - 87 pts

A friendly, frankly toasted style, with a warm pie-crust frame around creamed pear and apple flavors. Rounded, easy finish.


Tim Atkin (2016) - 93 pts

The straight Chardonnay from Chamonix is showing more oak than the Reserve at the moment, partly because it didn’t see any concrete eggs. Made with full malolactic, it’s a rich, leesy, concentrated white with notes of butter and crème fraîche and enough acidity for balance and harmony. 2017-21


Tim Atkin (2015) - 93 pts

One of three Chardonnays produced at Chamonix, this comes from exactly the same blocks as the Reserve wine. Smoky, complex and structured, with stony minerality and a creamy, lees-derived mid-palate, this is typical of the estate’s style. Drink: 2016-20