Stone fruit and white pear notes on the nose accompanied by fresh citrus and flinty characters on the palate, with a rich textured finish, due to the barrel ageing. Acidity, fruit and oak all balanced well to makes this a great example of Franschhoek Chardonnay.
Coastal Region,South Africa,
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for settling. After three days, the juice was racked to older 300L French oak barrels for fermentation. 33% of the barrels underwent wild fermentation and 67% were inoculated. After malolactic fermentation, the lees were mixed weekly for the first two months and after that mixed once a month, until bottling. After 11 months maturation in barrel the wild and inoculated barrels were blended and bottled.
"The wine Ward of Franschhoek was for many years a slightly under-performing winemaking area in South Africa despite being one of the most expensive pieces of vineyard real estate in the Cape winelands. But over the past decade, the area has slowly revealed its hidden capacity for producing some phenomenal Chardonnay whites as well as the obviously iconic old vine Semillon expressions. Made from the first post drought vintage, this 2019 Haut Espoir Chardonnay is showing at close to its peak and drinking superbly well, offering up generous aromas of sweet ripe lemons, honeycomb, freshly baked bread and apple purée with underlying savoury hints of salted toffee apples, a stony minerality and an exotic maritime Nam Pla fish sauce umami complexity. The seductive honeycomb notes continue onto the palate that is fleshy but opulently soft and glycerol, brimming with pithy lemon peel spice, hints of sweet quince, bruised yellow orchard fruits and a seductive round lactic acidity. Tasted blind, you could easily mistake this expression for a premium Macon-Village white Burgundy. As one customer commented to me… “the wine sings a definite Macon-style tune but with a stony, nutty, Puligny Montrachet chorus line.” Satiny, succulent and thoroughly charming, this is undeniably a wine for connoisseurs looking to drink Burgundy-style whites on a budget. Enjoy now and over the next 2 to 4 years." - Greg Sherwood MW.