Being a lighter wine it is easily enjoyed as an aperitif or as a “sundowner”, but pairing it with food is a breeze. Serving it at around 10 degrees Centigrade and with ceviche of fish or sushi is a real winner. It also stands up to lightly spicy dishes or soups and is great with chicken salad and a main fish dish.
Harvested by hand 27th January 2016 Bottled: 19th September 2016
Ageing potential: 6 years Production: 6,600 bottles (750ml)
The 2016 season was preceded by a dry year in 2015, which, we learned with hind-sight was to be the first year of the Western Cape’s three-year drought. The vines were resilient, though yields were down 15% on the previous vintage, with no notable heat-waves experienced until some weeks after harvesting the Chardonnay. Being so high up on the Hemel en Aarde Road means we tend to avert the worst of the heat and rainfall remains fairly consistent, even in ‘dry’ years.