Domaine des Dieux, Hemel-en-Aarde
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus. For years we have sung the virtues of the Chardonnays from Chamonix and Ataraxia, but as these world-class wines have rightfully become more expensive, we were determined to seek out a classy cool climate, Cape Chardonnay that we could sell more reasonably: so step forward Sharon Parnell of Domaine des Dieux, a small estate just above Ataraxia at the top of the valley in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge zone. The farm, with vineyards on Babylon’s Toren mountain slopes, was bought in 2002, with an initial focus on making the first sparkling wines in Hemel-en-Aarde, but Chardonnay and Pinot Noir followed.
At £14.95 the Chardonnay is stunning, a full-flavoured, perfectly-ready-to-drink, barrel-fermented Chardonnay of concentration and length. We are selling a lot of this…and their Pinot and sparkling isn’t bad either!
“This is the second vintage we have shipped of this terrific Chardonnay from a prime site on the Hemel-en-Aarde ridge. It's just come 18th in a...”
“From 9 year old vines. A portion is whole bunch fermented, then into French oak, 40% new. Pale hue. Gentle strawberry scent. This is very elegant for...”
“90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, made in the Champagne method, 40 months on its lees, and one of the best New World fizzes we have tried in years:...”
“From about 85% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, this is made by Niels Verburg, a Syrah specialist who made his name at Luddite. Attractively poised, with...”