Cape Chamonix, Franschhoek
In our humble opinion, this estate ranks with Vergelegen as one of the top two estates in South Africa right now. The youthful-looking Gottfried Mocke, who starred at our tasting last autumn at the South Africa House in Trafalgar Square, has been winemaker here since 2001, which makes him a veteran by Cape standards. He trained in Germany (with visits to Burgundy), but has additional experience at Trevallon in Provence and Rex Hill in Oregon. The estate owns vineyards above the town running from 380 to 600 metres in altitude, which lends some freshness in the Cape heat.
The estate owns vineyards above the town running from 380 to 600 metres in altitude. The youthful-looking Gottfried Mocke (trained in Germany, with visits to Burgundy and additional experience at Trevallon inProvence and Rex Hill in Oregon) has been winemaker here since 2001, which makes him a veteran by Cape standards. Recent tastings suggest that Gottfried has steered the style of the wines here away from concentration and power and more towards elegance, finesse and structure. The Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are both, arguably, more Burgundian and less overtly New World in style now. The sad thing is that 2015 was Gottfried’s last vintage at Chamonix. These wines were all made and brought up by him, but the future looks more uncertain.
“Chamonix’s unoaked Chardonnay, crafted using only wild yeasts, always shows splendid weight and character.”
“55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. 10% of the Sauvignon is whole-bunch fermented 'Maceration Carbonique' and matured in oak. The wine of...”
“"An unusual red that combines carbonic maceration with dried-on-the-vine grapes to produce something that tastes like a Pinotage crossed with a...”
“85% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdott, given 24 months in new French barrels: three grapes, hence the name. Big, clean ripe...”
“The Reserve Pinot Noir is from the higher vineyards, at 500-600 metres of altitude and facing south-south west, so cooler. Fermented with a...”