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Cape Chamonix - Rouge 2015

Red Wine from Paarl · South Africa
Price: £148.95
Case Rate: £24.83
Ex Tax: £124.13
Country:
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
Grape: Malbec Blend
Grape Percentage: Malbec 40%, Cabernet 24%, Merlot 25%, Petit Verdot 11%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.00
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
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88 pts  Vinous/Antonio Galloni
Country:
Wine Region: Paarl
Wine Area: Franschhoek
Wine Maker: Thinus Neethling
Grape: Malbec Blend
Grape Percentage: Malbec 40%, Cabernet 24%, Merlot 25%, Petit Verdot 11%
Alcohol Percentage: 14.00
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

The Rouge shows a deep ruby colour with garnet highlights on the rim. The generous bouquet suggests blackcurrant, cedar with scents reminiscent of red berries, spices and vanilla. The wine is amply structured; full, round and smooth on the palate with rich fruit and length of flavour. An elegant wine that can mature with time in the bottle.

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

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013) - 88 pts

May 2017 - Bright medium red. Red and darker berries, herbs and spicy oak on the open nose. Soft, sweet red berry and spice flavors are ready to go right now. Not especially long but the tannins are soft and the wine has immediate fruity appeal, not to mention a pliant middle. Keeps its shape on the end. -- Stephen Tanzer


Wine Spectator (2013) - 87 pts

Soft and friendly, with tea- and cedar-infused cherry and plum fruit flavors that glide through an open-knit finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot