Product info from the winery:
Tasting Notes: The colour is very bright and clear with flashes of yellow and gold.
The nose is quite prominent and complex. It starts with notes of very ripe oranges, bananas and tangerine peel. These light fruit notes move to the heavier ones of a tarte tatin made with pineapples.
The entry is surprisingly bracing. The fine acidic backbone that gives this wine a lively tension asserts itself immediately. Flavours of yellow citrus, pineapple and nectarines come to the fore. Wood is noted but it is very much in the background. It provides a fragrant base and some texture to the mid palate. This wine has good length and all the while the flavours change in the mouth, the acid stands guard ensuring a very clean finish.
Winemaker: Richard Kershaw MW, Dudley Wilson Winemaking: Fermented in steel then oak barrique with battonage. Further maturation 11 Months in French oak gives a fleshy midpalate with a rich finish
Awards: Tim Atkins MW | 92 points
About Elgin: Approximately 40 miles southeast of Cape Town is Elgin, a cool-climate WO nestled in the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, at elevations between 820–1,300 feet above sea level. Elgin was traditionally an apple-farming region and is situated fewer than 10 miles away from the South Atlantic Ocean. Today, it’s also home to benchmark Chardonnay producers like Richard Kershaws Lothian Wines. All produce elegant expressions of great balance and freshness, marked by white-fruit flavors.
“At the end of the day, each vintage—and, importantly, in a cool climate like Elgin, there is noticeable vintage variation—will tell a story, so the wine should reflect that vintage, rather than simply let winemaking practices alter the wine in order to chase a style,” says Richard Kershaw, MW.