Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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(Only 26 left)
'Selective pickings of chardonnay single-vineyard, natural ferment/maturation in oak, 5% amphora sur lie, stainless steel, deliver usual riveting tension, ripe lime, spice complexity in 2018. Increased texture, fine-grained density yield to breathtaking flinty, limy persistence.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (97/100)

"It's not the winemaker," says Craig Wessels, "I've just got great sites." His vineyards are certainly first class, but I think the man is being too modest here. Consistently one of the New World's best Chardonnays, this is complex, balanced and judiciously wooded with 10% amphorae-fermented juice adding some va-va-voom. Drink 2019-27.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 96/100

'Matured for 11 months, 90% in French oak (of which 7% was new) and 10% in clay amphorae. A shy nose with hints of lemon and oatmeal while the palate is lean, fresh and pithy. Currently extraordinarily tightly wound to the point of severe – no fat, all persistence.' – Christian Eedes,, 93/100
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Condition New
Alcohol 13%
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating PG 97
Technical analysis RS: 1.22 g/L | TA: 7.15 g/L | PH: 3.19
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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