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.
Grapes are hand-picked and bunch-sorted in the last week of February and first week of March. The wine is fermented at controlled temperatures for a 3 week period in French Allier barriques, kept on the lees with further, malolatic fermentation and finally aged for 14 months in the barrel prior to the final blending of the finest batches.
Drink now and over the next 3 years
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.
Demands classic fleshy white flat fish with a beurre blanc sauce and capers.
In the press
Tim Atkin, MW: 97 points
"For my money, this is the best Chardonnay in South Africa at the moment, a single vineyard release that would cost three times as much if it were Burgundian. Steely, grapefruity and taut, this has a spinal cord of acidity, subtle oak integration and a thrilling, focused finish. Still one of the great bargains of the New World." Tim Atkin, MW, South Africa 2014 Special Report (2012 Vintage)