Lismore Estate Vineyards Chardonnay 2018
Lismore Estate Chardonnay is no ordinary white wine. This is a massively complex Chardonnay with a huge variety of flavours and aromas that ooze top quality. Lismore Estate want to produce wines of extreme quality without being shackled by price point. The aim is to produce the best wines and the price reflects the love, passion and effort that has gone into making exceptional wines. The Vineyards Chardonnay is a perfect example of this devotion.
Samantha O'Keefe left California with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. Passion and vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.
The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore is the only registered wine estate in the Greyton ward. Greyton has now been designated a ward within that district, recognizing the unique terroir expression of the wine that is produced there. The Lismore Estate has a total of 12.5 hectares of vineyard, planted on slopes at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. The combination of elevation and climate make for an extended ripening period, which is roughly three to four weeks later than the more traditional wine growing areas in the Western Cape.
The grapes were whole bunched pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in older French barrels of 225 to 300 litres. The wine went through regular "bâtonnage" or stirring of the lees, which imparted texture and weight, but the wine did not go through a malolactic fermentation, leaving it with a fresh acidity.
Complex, expressive bouquet with touches of smoke and walnut infusing the citrus fruit, a hint of toffee just underneath. The palate is lively and ripe on the entry with apricot, mandarin, orange zest and white peach. It is long in the mouth with a fine, walnut-inspired finish.
South Africa. Region: Western Cape
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 3.2.
Contains Sulphites: Yes