Great news for white wine lover’s – there’s even more reasons to crack open a bottle of your favourite Chardonnay today as Thursday 24 May marks the most delightful of occasions; International Chardonnay Day! To celebrate this great day and the beauty of Chardonnay, here are five fabulous local Chardonnays to enjoy today and throughout May.
Glenelly Glass Collection Chardonnay 2017 (Unwooded)
Naturally fermented and un-oaked, this wine is vibrant in colour with a light green hue. Showcasing complex aromas of citrus peel, lemon, pear and flint, the Glass Collection Chardonnay provides a round, comforting texture on the palate with intense fruit sensations.
The Glenelly Glass Collection Chardonnay 2017 (Unwooded) retails for an approximate price of R95 per bottle.
Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2017
The chardonnay grows on the highest, coolest point of Darling Hills’ property and this freshness is maintained by keeping the grapes between 14 and 18˚C during the entire creation process. In this wine, you can pick up tropical, citrus and guava flavours in abundance, and it has a full, concentrated structure with great ageing potential for the foodies out there.
Pick up a bottle of the Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2017 for around R97 a bottle.
Groote Post Kapokberg Chardonnay 2016 (Wooded)
Did you know the chardonnay grapes that grow in the heights of the Darling Hills are left hanging rather late into the season in order to gain full ripeness? This ‘Chard has a delightful golden straw colour and is sure to entice your nose with notes of toasted almond and butter, and zesty lime marmalade. If you enjoy an elegant glass with a creamy palate, this is the ideal choice.
The Groote Post Kapokberg Chardonnay 2016 (Wooded) retails at about R160 per bottle.
Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2016
This magnificent ‘Chard is a Terrain-Specific Single Vineyard Limited Release from the Whitehall Farm in the Elgin Valley – one of Cape Wineland’s coolest grape-growing areas. It has a happy light golden green colour with notable aromatics of nectarine, lemon barley and white flower. This citrusy delight is elegant, fresh and balanced, perfect for a Friday evening sundowner! Bonus points: this wine received a 94-point rating from British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin.
The Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2016 retails at approximately R250 for a bottle.
Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2016 (Wooded)
Also naturally fermented, Glenelly’s Estate Reserve Chardonnay displays a similarly bright, crisp colour as the Glass Collection Chardonnay. With tones of quince, citrus peel, lime, butterscotch and pear drop, this ‘Chard is lush, poised and balanced with a long round textured finish. Bonus points: the 2016 version of this wine was honoured with a 95-point rating by British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin.
Find the Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay on sale for approximately R230 each.