2017 CHARDONNAY, Chamonix. Franschhoek, South Africa
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Area: Franschhoek is a great town for tourists but has only recently started making great wine, as producers look beyond the valley floor to the less fertile hillsides.
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay from 20+ year old vines, fermented and matured for 14 months in French Allier oak, but only a small proportion of new oak. Around 20% is made in concrete 'eggs' (the big new winemaking trend).
Producer: Gottfried Mocke was the alarmingly talented winemaker at Chamonix who took Chamonix from average to excellent in a very short time. He has now moved on but the legacy for quality remains.
Chamonix has twice been SA winery of the year in the important 'John Platter Guide'.
Cellar Potential: Now - 2024.
Food Match: Great all-round supper white (will brighten up the dreaded baked potato with salad). Or a fine match for mild cheeses, both soft and hard - this is where velvety textured Chardonnay can really come into its own.
Old Bridge Rating: Rich, buttery Chardonnay - but it's nutty and complex, not over-blown or heavy. Fine wine at the price.
£19.95 per bottle
£18.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles