Sutherland Chardonnay Reserve 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
R350
In stock
(12 In Stock)

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94
TA
New
‘The first release of this excellent Chardonnay was fermented in new wood, but doesn’t show it, such is the intensity of the fruit. Zesty, focused and refreshing, it has lovely crème fraiche and citrus flavours underpinned by acidity. 2018-25’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 94/100

‘The 2016 Chardonnay Reserve is the first release of a selection from a single vineyard, although it will not necessarily come from the same site in the future. It was matured in 80% new oak. It has quite a strict bouquet of light apple blossom and cold steel aromas. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity. The new oak is nicely enmeshed and barely noticeable toward the taut, quite penetrating finish. Don’t expect a big, flamboyant Chardonnay - this is more about the precision and focus, and in that respect, it’s a success. 2019-2029’ – Neal Martin, Vinous, 92/100

‘This Chardonnay articulates the sense of place through the chalky minerality and subtle brioche notes. An intriguing grapefruit essence softens the oak elements, which leaves a lingering, refined acidity. Aged for 10 months in French oak.’ – Winemaker

More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Rudi Schultz and Duncan Clarke
Alcohol 13.17%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating TA 94
Technical analysis RS: 1.90 g/l | TA: 6.15 g/l | PH:3.21
Producer information Sutherland wines are produced and bottled by Thelema Mountain Vineyards. While Thelema wines are expressions of Stellenbosch, Sutherland wines express Elgin and its cool climate. Sutherland Vineyards are situated just 9km off the Atlantic Ocean with altitudes of 140 to 250m above sea level. ‘Our winemakers emulate the same ethos when making Thelema as is used with Sutherland,’ writes Thelema Mountain Vineyards.
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