Posted on October 25 2016
Excerpt taken from Michael Olivier - http://michaelolivier.co.za/archives/39956
Boschendal, one of South Africa’s most iconic wineries, has secured twelve awards at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition 2016 including ‘Gold Outstanding’ for the Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2014 as well as two ‘Silver Outstanding’ for the 1685 range of wines.
The Gold Outstanding Award, one of only 9 of these exclusive awards bestowed on South African wines, pays tribute to the effort put in by Boschendal’s young cellar masters who meticulously balance traditional wine making techniques with modern innovation to produce award-winning classic wines exported around the world.
The Gold Outstanding 100% Chardonnay which forms part of the Boschendal Appellation Series (Elgin range) is singular in its expression of the pristine geographical nuances and unique character typical of its cool climate vineyard origins. Expressive grapefruit and Golden Delicious apple aromas detailed with graceful lime blossom, frangipani and white truffle aromas lead to a generous palate with citrus fruit purity, hints of oak and signature minerality.
The grapes for this Chardonnay came from unirrigated vineyards on mountain slopes of well-drained, rocky Bokkeveld shale soils distinguished by a layer of clay just a stone’s throw away from the Atlantic Ocean. Cooler than average days and nights meant slow ripening of these low-yielding blocks, producing all the hallmark characteristics of Elgin’s cool-climate terroir.
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