Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2019 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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'A challenging vintage that compelled Wessels to undertake nine passes through his 2ha vineyard as opposed to the usual five to seven. This attention to detail has paid off as this is the best vintage of Ava Marie yet. On the nose, a hint of flinty reduction before citrus, almond and leesy complexity while the palate shows great fruit concentration without being too weighty or thick-textured. The fruit is pure but there is already remarkable detail, the wine possessing a silky feel in the mouth, the finish super-dry. Matured for 11 months in mainly 500-litre barrels, some 10% new. Alcohol: 13%.' – Christian Eedes,, 97/100

'Drought-breaking 2019 vintage conferred rare combo of very low pH & not-too-high acidity, giving delicacy & effortless texture, pleasing hint of salt. Single-vineyard fruit, naturally fermented/year in oak, 5% new, plus 10% amphora component deliver riveting tension, lime & spice complexity, flinty, limy persistence. Magnificent.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (96/100)

'Produced in what Craig Wessels calls a "real bitch of a vintage" - he picked his two-hectare vineyard nine times - this is broader than some vintages of Ava Marie, but none the worse for it. More Meursault than Puligny, it's leesy and creamy with waxy intensity and a bready, yeasty finish framed by scented oak. Drink 2021-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 94/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Craig Wessels
Alcohol 13%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating CE 97
Technical analysis RS: 1.47 g/L | TA: 6.53 g/L | PH: 3.2
Producer information Restless River is a rising star which has quietly achieved cult-status for its brilliant, Burgundian-style Chardonnay and lean Cabernet Sauvignon. The Restless River label was launched in 2012 and is managed and owned by Craig and Anne Wessels, winemaker and manager respectively. Their farm is located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and has some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay vines in the region (planted in 1998). Almost all their production is done by hand, resulting in limited quantities of each wine.
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