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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill. Opulent, exotic, full-on example - an old-fashioned Cape Meursault. Ripe melon and a hint of pineapple, well-knit, with notes of cream, caramel and fat nuts.... Read More

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

ColourWhite

RegionCeres

GrowerKoelfontein

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2017

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeKOE117

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Koelfontein

Koelfontein Ceres I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a couple of years ago by ordering a delicious bottle on the terrace of The Tulbagh hotel. I had never heard of it – nor indeed any wine estate in Ceres, which is much better known as a fruit growing centre. The Conradie family, the seventh generation farmers who own Koelfontein, have abundant orchards, but they also own the only...

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2017

From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill. Opulent, exotic, full-on example - an old-fashioned Cape Meursault. Ripe melon and a hint of pineapple, well-knit, with notes of cream, caramel and fat nuts. Delivers so much power and complexity for the price. Now-2022

I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a couple of years ago by ordering a delicious bottle on the terrace of The Tulbagh hotel. I had never heard of it - nor indeed any wine estate in Ceres, which is much better known as a fruit growing centre. The Conradie family, the seventh generation farmers who own Koelfontein, have abundant orchards, but they also own the only vineyard in the Ceres Plateau district, just six hectares split between Chardonnay and Shiraz on the steep, south facing slopes of the Gydo pass just north of Prince Albert Hamlet.

The family launched their own wine label in 2002. They currently employ Dewaldt Heyns, winemaker at famed Saronsberg in nearby Tulbagh and one of the elected Cape Winemasters Guild, to make these tiny production wines. The style is unabashedly new world, ripe, big and bold and well-oaked: we're excited to introduce this duo to the UK market.

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