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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2019

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2019

From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill. Seductive butter and citrus aromas. Lime and melon, well-knit, with dairy and nutty accents. Fresh finish. Delivers a lot for the price. Now-2023I discovered the... Read More

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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2019

ColourWhite

RegionCeres

GrowerKoelfontein

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2019

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeKOE119

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Dry

Dry > Sweet

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...

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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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Koelfontein Chardonnay, Ceres, 2019

From a block planted in 1987, and about 1/3 matured in new barrels, 2/3 second fill. Seductive butter and citrus aromas. Lime and melon, well-knit, with dairy and nutty accents. Fresh finish. Delivers a lot for the price. Now-2023

I discovered the Koelfontein Chardonnay a few 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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