2014

Chamonix Franschhoek Reserve White

South Africa, Franschhoek

Tantalising mêlée of fig, grapefruit, lanolin and hint of honey. Fine vanilla oak overlay – long, textural and balanced palate with bracing acidity. Quite creamy, mildly exotic and individual. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are classic bed fellows! Winemaker Gottfried Mocke and Chamonix continue to over deliver on their wines and are well established as one of the Cape’s finest.”

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MWS: 97

Origin

Franschhoek is a near neighbour of Stellenbosch and as highly regarded for its defined and refined wines. Cool breezes in the hot summer months moderate growing conditions to produce ripe but balanced red and white wines. Chamonix is now one of Platter’s (“South Africa’s Parker”) regular 5 star award winners.

Grape Variety

75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon.

Grapes come from two plots - 2.1 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 0.5 hectares of Semillon grown in Franschhoek, near Stellenbosch, on Greywacke and granite soils at an altitude of 480 metres. Handpicked grapes were selected during the last week of February and first week of March. Legendary winemaker Gottfried Siege cold macerated the juice and skins for nearly 24 hours prior to barrel fermenting with natural yeasts in French Allier wood barrels (of which 40% were new) for 10-15 days. A small proportion (10%) of the Sauvignon was whole bunch fermented. About 30-40% of the wine underwent malolactic and lees stirring followed with further barrel aging for 11 months. A final rigorous selection was then made for the Reserve blend.

Alcohol Percentage

13.5%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 3 years.

Producer

Cape Chamonix Wine Farm has a long history, once forming part of the historic Huguenot Estate which dates back to 1688. Now under the expertise of German-born entrepreneur Chris Hellinger, over the past two decades Chamonix has stormed onto the world stage as a well respected winery in its own right. The farm employs a number of sustainable practices, including the use of organic compost and mulch which is ploughed into the soil.

Food Match

Would work well with fleshy white flat fish, with lemon butter and capers. Also lemon and thyme roasted chicken. Or try with a fennel, lemon and roasted pine nut salad.

In the press

Tim Atkin, MW: 94 points

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