2020 The Mira Chardonnay

Cape South Coast,South Africa,


Bottle size: 75cl,
  • GS-94

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Uva Mira benefits from the location of its mountain vineyards, which are 620 metres above sea level at their highest point, as the climate falls into category two on the Winkler Scale. In layman’s terms this means it has a lot more in common with vineyards in France than their South African neighbours. This, alongside the decomposed granite soils, allows them to produce wines which are the finest expression of terroir we’ve seen from anywhere in the New World.

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CELLAR INFORMATION At our cellar every individual berry is meticulously hand selected on our sorting table, ensuring only the very best are used for making our fine wines. Attention to detail is our focus, with the ultimate care taken for each and every grape. VINEYARD INFORMATION Leaf fall occurred later than usual which allowed good reserves to build up in the vines. The similarly delayed onset of Winter allowed for good cold unit accumulation. Rainfall was the lowest to date. Days were warm and nights cool. Budding occurred later and flowering was uniform. A dry, warm season resulted in compact berries with some supplementary irrigation necessary. A cooler February allowed for even ripening. An abundant vintage of exceptional quality.

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South Africa


Cape South Coast




Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards



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Greg Sherwood


Greg Sherwood 94

The 2020 Mira Chardonnay is an attractive, lightly oaked expression with a more citrus driven fruit profile offering complex aromatics that combine hints of fresh lemon zest and lime peel aromas on the nose with scented white citrus blossom, subtle marzipan and shavings of orange zest, all underpinned by a classic Helderberg granitic dusty minerality. Wonderfully elegant and light touch in style with layers of zesty lime confit, some green honeydew melon, salted pistachios and an enticing maritime seashell salinity that flows from the nose to the palate. A thoroughly enticing and seductive cool climate Chardonnay with a classically fine boned structure that is accompanied by an invigoratingly refreshing tangy acidity and a long, subtle creamy texture. The finish is long, incredibly precise and impeccably balanced. Simply delicious. Drink now and over the next 2 to 3+ years. – Greg Sherwood MW. [Greg Sherwood, 01/01/2023]

Producer Profile

Given owner Toby Venter’s assumed need for speed, as CEO of LSM Distributors, responsible for Porsche and Lamborghini in South Africa, as well as the owners of Kyalami race track, his purchase of Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards in 2013, up against the slopes of the Helderberg seems in direct contrast to this high octane lifestyle. 

Everything in wine is time. Uva Mira is named for a famous star in the constellation of Cetus (a Greek sea monster who was offered the princess Andromeda to appease Poseidon but was slain by Perseus either by sword or using Medusa’s head which turned him to stone – the details are complicated and murky). The giant red star named ‘the wonderful’ or ‘Mira’ in Latin undergoes a 332-day cycle of fading into obscurity, becoming bright, and then fading again (over almost a year), drawing parallels between winemaking and stargazing. The patience inherent to growing grapes, understanding the terroir, blending, and maturation, the once-a-year opportunity to harvest, and the celebration once you can taste the literal fruits of your labour – explains the name Uva Mira, Latin meaning The Wonderful Grape.