Tesselaarsdal Chardonnay 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde
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'It's hard to believe that Tesselaarsdal made its first wine as recently as 2015, such has been the success of the brand. This stylish Chardonnay all comes from La Vierge's vineyards and combines stone fruit sweetness with very low-key oak and mineral freshness. Drink 2021-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 92/100

'This is another accomplished Chardonnay from Tesselaarsdal that boasts a breath and depth of textural opulence making the maiden 2019 vintage look more like a chiselled Premier Cru Chablis in comparison. The 2020 nose boasts classic notes of spicy yellow citrus, green honeydew melon, white peach and a bold limestone mineral vein. The wine coats your mouth with a fine glycerol weight and delicious mouth-watering green apple pastille notes enlivened with pronounced tangy acids. Seamless and harmonious, Berene Sauls has created another attractive expression of premium Chardonnay that is ready to drink on release.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 92/100

'The 2020 Chardonnay Tesselaarsdal includes partial whole bunch, fermented in amphorae. The lovely nose of almond, marzipan, dried honey and chamomile is beautifully defined. The palate is very well balanced, with a fine bead of acidity, and citrus fresh, offering orange peel and light chai tea notes toward the finish. Very fine.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 91/100 (Apr 2021)

'A bright, tight and pure Chardonnay with lifted primary fruit character and notes of citrus blossom, sweet lemon grass and lees spice with a fine dusty minerality, introduce a long, gentle palate, again very expressive but also deliciously classical and restrained. This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.' – Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 12.8%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Chardonnay
Rating TA 92
Technical analysis RS: 1.6 g/L | TA: 7.3 g/L | PH: 3.32
Producer information The Tesselaarsdal label was created by the long-standing Hamilton Russell employee Berene Sauls who named the wine after the small hamlet where she was born. The community of Tesselaarsdal are descendants of the freed Khoi slaves who fought hard to keep their land. This is a wine that celebrates Berene’s entrepreneurial spirit and a dream come true.
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