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Cape Chamonix - Troika 2016


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Paarl
  • Wine Area: Franschhoek
  • Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
  • Grape: Cabernet Franc
  • Grape Percentage: Cabernet Franc 49%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Petit Verdot 13%, Merlot 13%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2014) VS: 91+ (2013) WS: 92 (2013) TA: 91 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

The Chamonix Troika has deep ruby-mulberry colour when young, with scents that recall vanilla, sweet ripe cherries, blackberries and other spices. The wine is amply structured; full, round and smooth on the palate with rich fruit and berry sensations, fine harmony and length of flavour.Although impressive young, it should reach a prime at 10-15 years.

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.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)89 pts

April 2017 - Neal Martin - The 2014 Troika Reserve is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, 18 months in French oak (60% new). The Cabernet Franc component is expressed well on the nose with touches of bell pepper and slightly tarry black fruit. There is fine definition and focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a little austere in keeping with the finish, with an earthy, Médoc-like finish. Not bad at all

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)91+ pts

June 2015 - Dark, bright red. Dark berries, cherry, licorice and minerals on the perfumed nose, lifted by hints of spices and mint. Smooth, ripe and very refined, saturating the mouth with berry, fresh herb and spice flavors without leaving any impression of weight. The long, spicy finish features tannins that are firm but not dry, along with a lingering suggestion of caramel oak. This should evolve gracefully. -- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Spectator (2013)92 pts

Solid, featuring layers of warm cocoa and freshly drawn espresso over a core of dark fig, blackberry and black currant confiture flavors. Everything melds wonderfully through the broad, dense, silky finish, with a long echo of tobacco. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.

Tim Atkin (2014)91 pts

Combining 50% Cabernet Franc with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, this Bordeaux blend is not quite up to the standard of the other current Chamonix releases at present, but often ages well in bottle. Leafy and firm, with notes of green pepper and cassis and the structure to develop further.