About This Wine...
“Very intense aromas of buttery and milky scents. Pronounced peppery palate with an elegance, depth of character and length of finish.” The Taste.ie September 2017. Read more here.
“More salty on the nose than the Kaaimansgat. More upright and seems less oak influenced, though there is obviously oak here too. Dense and savoury on the palate, tighter. Great length. Very good value compared with Burgundy of this quality. (Drink 2016-2022) 17.5/20” Jancis Robinson
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has proven itself to be one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the domain property in the early 19th Century. All grapes are harvested from this Estate to create one of the finest Chardonnays.
Vintage 2014 was uncharacteristically wet. Particularly the summer months where conditions challenged the norm, but history has shown that such cool vintages have favoured the production of Chardonnay with best offerings arising out of these difficult years. Ripening was slow and good fruit acids were realized. Harvesting took place over a three week period between 13 February and 5 March.
Pressed and settled with fermentation being initiated in a large tank followed by transfer to 228 litre Burgundian oak barrels. Wines were allowed to develop
on their primary lees with malolactic fermentation developing naturally through the eight months of contact on the primary yeast bed. The traditional practice of allowing 30% new oak compliment was once again offered to this wine. This maturation contributes to its distinct velvet texture.
The wine is complex and fruity with peach, lime and green apple flavours. In addition hints of vanilla and nutty tones can be noted from the contribution of
best French oak barrels. Time will allow for its development and additional complexity with gradual softness, is expected to emerge on the palate.
Traditionally this wine has been described as offering a seamless mouthfeel meaning that there are no hard edges to this Chardonnay.
Excellent with rich flavoured fish dishes, bouillabaisse, scallops and calamari.
White meats such as chicken, pheasant or turkey also offer a great opportunity to show off this vintage of Missionvale Chardonnay.