If you are a new work or old-world Chardonnay lover, this wine is for you! This wine is sourced from a high elevation vineyard, and the purity, complexity, and transparency are absolutely stunning. This wine has the incredible minerality that we all love from the Burgundy region in France coupled with pristine rich but tamed fruit. The aromas of white flowers, lemon curd, stone fruits, minerality, sage, saline, grilled nuts soar from the glass. The palate is equally as incredible Chablis-like texture in the mouth reminiscent if you put a pice of limestone in your mouth with incredible levels of dry extract that coat the palate. And linger for minutes. This is a small production wine, and I hope the press never tastes it, for if they do, they will blow it up, and we won't be able to source anymore. Simply put, Bravo!
We were able to get more of this, one of our favorite new Chardonnay discoveries this year; Berene of Tesselaarsdal is one to keep an eye on as she dials in her production and hopefully the expansion to her facility. Head and shoulders over the '18 vintage, Berene has started to prove her self and improve over the past few vintages. A unique Chardonnay from SA, honing in on more minerality, focus, and acidity than the more opulent style of Hamilton-Russel. Make sure to check out our original offer below for more information!
This is is the second vintage of this wine that we have tasted, and things are going in the right direction for this Disciple of Hamilton-Russel winery in South Africa. Berene Sauls was an employee for Hamilton-Russel and was mentored by Anthony Hamilton-Russel, who helped her set up her project not far from HR home base. Berene is applying what she learned to a different terroir on the Hemel-en-aarde Ridge, with higher elevation and different soils, granite-based, whereas Hamilton-Russel is more schist. Berene is not looking to be a Hamilton-Russel clone; these are unique and, in our opinion, more tuned towards the European palate with intense minerality and cool fruits that reminded us of a white Burgundy like a Saint-Aubin. This is so impressive and unexpected, with an energy and balance t that is strikingly Burgundian. Berene uses a combination of 50% amphora and 50% French oak for her Chardonnay and currently uses the Hamilton-Russel facility to complete her wines. This wine is brand new to the USA with no exposure and is one of the most impressive new Chardonnays we have tasted in this price range and highly recommended for fans of mineral-driven Chardonnay.