Our Cape Bernier Chardonnay 2011 is an exquisite example of new style cool climate Chardonnay but also stays true to its spiritual home using classic White Burgundian wine making techniques featuring wild yeast fermentation, lees aging and delicate use of a mix of new and old French oak.
The wine finishes with a superb yet subtle complexity and a silky mouth-feel, complemented by notes of citrus, peach and honey. With aging the nutty structure starts to show and more pronounced honey and butterscotch flavours come to the fore, in perfect harmony with the structural acidity innate in our cool climate Chardonnay.
“Alastair Christie’s Cape Bernier wines have become a byword for consistent quality over the past few vintages. This is a very modern style of chardonnay, fruit-driven but with plenty of interest on the palate. The purity of fruit is complemented by wild yeast fermentation in a selection of French oak barrels, adding textural complexity, but the wine is essentially citrus driven with hints of stone fruit. As good as any mainland chardonnay in the same price bracket.” Winsor Dobbin, Sunday Examiner
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