Massive scores for South African Chardonnay
Three Masters of Wine praised South African Chardonnay in the April edition of Decanter magazine. ‘When planted in the right place, it can produce world-class wines,’ writes Tim Atkin MW. ‘The top wines are of international quality – they’d hold their own against anything,’ said John Hoskins MW.
After the 2016 Prescient Chardonnay report and Platter’s 5-star tasting, we had similar sentiments: Chardonnay is currently South Africa’s strongest suit.
The judges found the stylistic reputation as being halfway between Old World and New World, with the British judges favouring the cooler-climate, often reductive, style. Remarkably, five of the top seven wines herald from Elgin and, unsurprisingly, wines from Stellenbosch and Walker Bay also fared well. The tasting highlighted the excellence of the 2015 vintage and praised the overall ‘less-oaked’, ‘less-worked’ quality.
Most importantly, these wines compete at a fraction of the price of white Burgundy and icon Chardonnay from the New World. Below are the wines that scored 95 points and above.