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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!

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