Buitenverwachting Chardonnay - 2018

£13.90

Vintage - 2018

Country - South Africa

Region - Constantia

Grape - 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol - 14.5%

Closure - Cork

Producer - It all began in Constantia, the narrow bit of peninsula where Governor
Simon van der Stel planted 750 hectares of vines in 1685. The South
African wine industry has had many changes of fortune in the three
centuries since, but this historic estate remains, divided now between five
wineries. Buitenverwachting, meaning ‘beyond expectation’, belongs to
the Mueller family, who have lovingly restored both its buildings and its
reputation as a source of particularly elegant South African wine.

Vineyard - The grapes were grown on clovelly soil, on south and north-east facing
slopes. Vines are aged between four and twelve years old. The vineyard
has high natural rainfall and no irrigation is necessary.

Winery - The juice resulted from a combination of whole bunch pressing and
twenty-four hours’ skin contact. It was fermented and aged for ten
months in French barriques, with twenty percent new wood.

Taste - This rich, full-bodied Chardonnay offers a powerful citrus and steely
backbone, supporting classic toasty and butterscotch-like characters as
well as mineral undertones. Good balance between oak and abundant
fruit.

Awards - Silver Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards 2018, 4.5 Stars, Platter’s Guide 2018

Category White Wine