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Op die Berg Chardonnay 2019

R 200.00

AWARDS  |  TASTING NOTES

Our Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in a vineyard established on a family farm famous for apples and pears on top of the Witzenberg Mountain in Ceres.

This newly declared appellation of Ceres Plateau is situated 960 meters in altitude, with soft shale soils and extremely cold winters. In some years the vines are completely covered in snow during winter – unique in South Africa and making the climate truly continental and ideal for Chardonnay in particular.

The wine has a bright green to straw hue. On the nose citrus flavours of grapefruit and marmalade that on palate is well supported by soft vanilla undertones. Great length and weight in the structure of the wine resulting in an ideal food partner.

It has the potential to mature for the next 4 to 5 years resulting in an even fuller and richer wine.

 

TASTING NOTES:

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AWARDS:
2018

Decanter Wine Awards 2019 Gold

IWSC 2019 Gold (96 Points)

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2019 Gold

Tim Atkin SA Report 2019 94 Points

Veritas Awards 2019 Double Gold

2017 Tim Atkin SA Report 2018 94 Points
2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017 Gold
2015

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016 Gold

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016 Gold

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2016 Gold

Tim Atkin SA Report 2016 90 Points

2014 Tim Atkin SA Report 2015 90 Points
2013

Michelangelo Int'l Wine Awards 2014 Gold

Platter's 4 stars

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2014 Gold

Medium-intensity straw coloured with syrupy legs. Subtle and elegant with a steely core, its aroma portrays freshness and perfume to the concentrated flavours of coconut, grapefruit, marmalade and soft vanilla undertones. Careful oaking and extended lees contact have added texture and richness leaving the wine seamless, subtle and satisfying.
Partner it with indulgent foods such as lobster or fresh crab for a decadent feast. The Op Die Berg Chardonnay can also be enjoyed with Swiss Emmental cheese, Sea Bass topped with a fennel puree or an aromatic Thai seafood curry.
High on the Witzenberg Mountain range in Ceres, at an altitude of 960 meters above sea level, this unique ‘appellation’ exhibits South Africa’s only truly continental climate with winter temperatures frequently dropping below freezing. The cooler night-time temperatures and hotter daytime temperatures during the growing season results in slower ripening and more concentrated fruit. Ceres fruit displays surprising cooler climate characteristics in comparison to other regions of the Western Cape.
Handpicked at the break of dawn, carefully selected grapes are destemmed, crushed and lightly pressed at De Grendel with a recovery of only 650 litres per ton. After two days of settling, the juice is inoculated and transferred to 225 litre French Oak barrels for fermen-tation of which 1/3 is new, 1/3 is second fill and 1/3 is third fill. The wine is barrel aged ‘sur lie’ for 6 months whilst undergoing ‘bâtonnage’. Bâtonnage is the method of stirring up the lees and takes place twice a week before malolactic fermentation and once a month after malolactic fermentation to enhance the mouth feel and structure of the wine.

2018     

Decanter Wine Awards 2019 Gold

2017     

Tim Atkin SA Report 2018 94 Points

2016     

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017 Gold

2015     

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016 Gold

 

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016 Gold

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2016 Gold

Tim Atkin SA Report 2016 90 Points

2014     

Tim Atkin SA Report 2015 90 Points

2013     

Michelangelo Int'l Wine Awards 2014 Gold

Platter's 4 stars

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2014 Gold