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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, was winemaker here until 2016 (2015 being his last vintage), 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.

Cape Chamonix, Franschhoek

The estate owns vineyards above the town running from 380 to 600 metres in altitude. 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.

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