Elgin, South Africa
Decanter Silver, 92 points! IWC Silver, IWSC Outstanding Silver, Mundus Vini Gold
Lothian Vineyards Vineyard Selection Chardonnay is a beautiful white wine gem from Elgin, just 45 miles southeast of Cape Town. In its opulent setting on the banks of the Palmiet River and a private lake in the Elgin Valley, Lothian Vineyards shines in a class of its own. It is situated in the Kogelberg, the world's richest and most diverse biosphere with more than 1800 plant species, of which over 70 are found nowhere else on the planet. Years of searching for the perfect location finally revealed Elgin's cool-climate terroir as an elegant setting for growing grapes to produce exceptional Chardonnay.
Made from 100% Chardonnay, the nose exudes ripe stone fruit, lemon zest and pineapple slices. Clean, refreshing acidity supports the ripe yellow-profile fruit, complexed by vanilla bean spice and an oatmeal texture. It was hand harvested at optimal ripeness from Lothian Vineyards' 3 blocks of Chardonnay grapes. Nine months of barrel maturation on the fine lees fleshed out the wine and added richness.
Lothian Vineyards Chardonnay would pair with roast chicken, mushroom risotto or a slice of Camembert.