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Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

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Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

At the very top of the valley, cooled by breezes and the cloud attracted to the nearby Babylonstoren peak, the Des Dieux vineyards lie in a perfect spot for Chardonnay. This has become one of our best-loved wines. The 2015 vintage won the Veritas... Read More

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Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

ColourWhite

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2017

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

DietaryVegan

CodeDDD117

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Domaine des Dieux

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus.

When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2017

At the very top of the valley, cooled by breezes and the cloud attracted to the nearby Babylonstoren peak, the Des Dieux vineyards lie in a perfect spot for Chardonnay. This has become one of our best-loved wines. The 2015 vintage won the Veritas Vertex Award for the overall champion wine in South African Veritas wine awards, and the 2017 is equally impressive, albeit perhaps in a subtler, less oak-influenced idiom – and with a moderate 13% too. Delicious cocktail of fruit – ripe melon and mandarin. The oak just frames that vigorous fruit; with buttery and honeyed accents. Less opulent than some vintages, but a perfectly ready-to-drink, barrel-fermented and aged (about 30% new oak) Chardonnay offering fruit, concentration and length. Now-2024

"Full bottle 1,398 g. Fermented (is there 'and aged' missing here, I wonder?) on lees for nine months in small French oak casks. From a very high site cooled by breezes and the clouds encouraged by the nearby Babylonstoren peak.
Greenish gold. Lovely complex of sweet, spicy and savoury oak on the nose. Clearly a cool-climate wine with real freshness and grace. Some palates may favour less spice but it's clearly very well made. I wonder why it's not released earlier. Acidity may be slightly too evident for some? GV 16.5 Drink 2020-2025, Jancis Robinson October 2021

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