Babylonstoren, Chardonnay 750ml 2019South Africa, Stellenbosch
'An old world style Chardonnay with a fresh, fine-grained nose of quince, lime and vanilla. Classy, sleek structure with subtle citrus fruit softened with textured creaminess and nutty complexity. Tangy mineral tones with fine intensity and balance; good focus and length with a refreshing finish.' – Winemaker
Alc: 14% | RS: 2.1 g/L | TA: 6.1 g/L | PH: 3.39
Tasting notes on the 2018 vintage:
'Klaas Stoffberg has used the 50% new oak with sensitivity on this wine, producing a Chardonnay that marries honeydew melon and citrus fruit flavours with vanilla spice, balancing acidity and some creamy weight. Drink 2019-22.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 90/100
Babylonstoren dates back to 1692 and is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. The 580-hectare farm has 88 hectares under vine, producing 13 different grape varieties. The wines, which are made as naturally as possible, are a representation of their soils and climate and are produced in a state-of-the-art winery. The 2011 vintage was the first to be bottled under the Babylonstoren label. The Babylonstoren logo is a true reflection of the wines, consisting of the pipe (representing the farmer), the flower (representing the garden) and the bird (representing nature).
|Technical analysis||RS: 2.1 g/L | TA: 6.1 g/L | PH: 3.39|
|Blend information||100% Chardonnay|
|Drink to||Drink or cellar|
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