The grapes used to make this wine are sourced exclusively from a registered single vineyard on Waterford Estate. This vineyard was planted in 1988, making it one of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in South Africa.
2017 has been noted as one of the great vintage years in Stellenbosch. Drought conditions prevailed, but temperatures remained moderate-to-cool throughout the season, which resulted in optimal maturation of fruit, but no signs of warmth in the wines. The wines are extremely classical in style, showing tension in the firm and concentrated tannin structures. The cooler conditions also brought about great freshness and purity within the wines.
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
Cultivars: 100% Chardonnay
Quantity: 3,700 cases
Aging: 11 months in 300L French oak barrels, 22% new
Wine Analysis: Alc 12,80%
RS 2.4 g/L
TA 4.9 g/L