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Waterford Estate, Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Made from some of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in South Africa, planted in 1988

Aromas of fresh peach pip, lime and a light touch of oak from barrel.

Waterford’s older vines still prove to produce lovely restrained, tightly structured wines that are rather perfumed when young, but develop beautifully during bottle maturation.

93pts | Tim Atkin

£23.35

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Stellenbosch

Chardonnay

Bone-drySweet

Description

This Chardonnay vineyard was registered as single vineyard in 2012, which ensures that the traceability of the wine produced exclusively to the original 5.8-hectare block. Soils are comprised of red clay (Hutton) as well as large granite deposits and parent material found throughout the clay profile.

The clay adds structure to the wine, while the granite produces great minerality and finesse to the overall presentation. 2018 vintage shows slightly richer and a fuller complexity on the palate compared to the previous vintage.

 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
Another year of severe drought conditions. Low winter rainfall and odd warm days during winter. Once the season got going, moderate to cool and windless conditions were experienced, perfect for flowering and fruit set leading to high crop potentials. From November onwards, warm burg wind conditions were experienced throughout creating stressful ripening conditions. Positive results with early picking dates are lowers alcohol wines with ironically good freshness.

 

GREEN CREDENTIALS
A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).

Additional information

Grape

Chardonnay

Vintage

2018

Wine Farm

Alcohol

12.8%

A versatile wine, pairing with pork, salmon, tuna, vegetarian dishes, poultry and cheese.

1 review for Waterford Estate, Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

  1. Tim Atkin | 93pts

    “Planted back in 1988, Chardonnay remains the only white grape on Waterford’s estate on the Helderberg. Showing some of the creaminess and breadth of the warmer 2018 vintage, but this subtly wooded number has lovely underlying minerality and citrus peel freshness. 2021-26”

    rory@admin

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