Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards,

Chardonnay – FINE WINE SALE

Coastal Region,South Africa,
  • Decanter: 96
  • Greg Sherwood: 96
  • Platter's: 94
  • Tim Atkin: 96


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

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.

This is their flagship Chardonnay, which won a gold medal with a score of 95/100 in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, and is produced using only old oak to preserve the purity of the fruit resulting in a wine of a beguiling purity and perfect balance of understated power that it rivals the finest Grand Crus from Chablis.

The nose offers jasmine, white pear and orange blossom which entice you towards the palate, which is clean, crisp and full of a linear citrus driven character which segues into a delicate toasty finish.

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In The Vineyard
We present a wine that is the epitome of this varietal, produced in a style that respects the cultivar and the terroir that it flourishes in. The heartbeat of Uva Mira.
"Any premium Chardonnay on the market at the moment is a thing to be cherished as stocks of French Burgundy evaporate in the panic buying ahead of the non-existent 2021 vintage release. I have always been an avid follower of South Africa’s greatest Chardonnay examples and tasting this spectacular 2017 Estate Chardonnay from Uva Mira reminds me that a handful of producers are indeed breaking the glass ceiling of quality and producing eye-wateringly good wines. Combine a top vintage like 2017 with their finest fruit from a predominantly Single Vineyard site that defines the Uva Mira Estate on a meagre 0.2 hectares of ocean facing Chardonnay vineyards, selected from nine separate blending components which are then combined to create this ultimate expression of terroir. The aromatics are plush and complex with lush ample layers of sweet Granny Smith apples, pineapple, lemon preserve, pear puree and wet river stones all kissed with the most seductive premium hint of vanilla oak spice. On the palate there is incredible balance, intensity and poise with the medium-bodied, tangerine-laden fruit energising the wine with its vibrant grapefruit citrus acidity. But like all fine wines that stand head and shoulders above many of their peers, this Chardonnay offers an extra special deft touch with harmony, focus and vigour, all assembled with the utmost precision, delivering mouth-watering intensity with subtlety and seamless brilliance. At almost five years old, it’s satisfying to see a Chardonnay wine that is still so youthful and audacious! I am truly bowled over by this beauty. Drink now and over the next 10+ years." - Greg Sherwood MW.