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Decanter Magazine Reviews

The April edition of Decanter Magazine has scored a number of our wines highly in their South African Chardonnay and Top New World Cabernet features:

2015 Chardonnay, Rustenberg, South Africa – 95 pts
An impressive Stellenbosch Chardonnay that wouldn’t look out of place in Corton-Charlemagne with its complex leesy characters. This wine combines power with restraint, richness with acidity, due in part to expertly handled oak. Tim Atkin MW

A mosaic of smoke and flint characters add considerable interest to this charming wine. The intensity is palpable, and the flavour and aroma characteristics last a lifetime in the mouth. John Hoskins MW

Plush aromas of buttery lemons, biscuits and honeydew melon translate well onto the palate. These broad and rich flavours are supported by a subtle acid backbone and some crunchy green fruits. Very quaffable! Greg Sherwood MW

2015 Estate Chardonnay, Paul Cluver, South Africa – 95 pts
South Africa meets white Burgundy: superb! It is focused, pithy, elegant and long with a fine acid backbone and citrus, mineral notes. The creamy lees and subtle oak integration really put this a cut above. Tim Atkin MW

This wine is zingy and fresh, with subtle oak aromas. The palate has all of that and more – firmness without austerity, the holy grail for modern Chardonnay producers. A very impressive example. John Hoskins MW

Such a fine nose of dusty lemon cream biscuits, lemon zest and crushed chalk. This has exquisite precision, purity and intent. Wow, this wine is bold and confident. Tart acids, a lean fleshy palate, and a super long distinguished finish. Greg Sherwood MW

2015 Seven Flags Chardonnay, Paul South Africa – 95 pts
Aromatic, youthful and complex, this big rich wine is well structured with excellent acidity and focus, as well as being playfully leesy and textured. Tim Atkin MW

Apple, a frequent characteristic of Elgin wines, and lemon aromas leap from the glass. The palate has meringue elements alongside the lemon. It is crisp but soft, lively but friendly. It exudes grace and elegance. John Hoskins MW

Exotic aromas play with creamy melted lemon butter, herbs and citrus zest alongside layers of wet grey slate minerality. It has a taut palate, linear acids, subtle but impressive freshness and big concentration. Wow, this is benchmark Chardy at its best. Greg Sherwood MW

2015 Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Glenelly, South Africa
– 91 pts
A shy wine that displays subtle peppery herbaceous spice elegantly balanced by vanilla and cinnamon. There is stylish oak integration here, and it may well come out of its shell in a couple of years.

2015 Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg, South Africa – 91 pts
This is immediately impressive on the nose; it is toasty and creamy but also has a flash of pistachio and walnut complexity. It certainly ticks all the boxes for classic oaked Chardonnay.

2015 Reserve Chardonnay, DeMorgenzon, South Africa – 90 pts
This is a mealy, toasty example of oaked Chardonnay. The palate is jam packed with green apple, honeydew melon and pithy white pears that is possibly a little too ripe.

2015 Glass Collection Chardonnay, Glenelly, South Africa – 90 pts
An aromatic number showing pastry notes and apple skins. Dried mint and oregano are blended with baking spices. Evidence of early picking gives a lighter, gentler mouth feel, but there is plenty of structure for a wine with such low alcohol.

2013 Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon, Forrest Wines, New Zealand – 90 pts
Prominent oak on the nose gives a smoky, vanilla chocolate element to the wine. Some handsome wild fruit lies beneath, with damson and blackberries coming to the fore and some grippy powdery tannins giving it a textured finish.

2013 Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon, Guardian Peak, South Africa – 90 pts
This has a vivid nose of cocoa bean and mocha which flows smoothly onto pleasurable extracted cassis fruit and an iron fist of tannins. The herbal undertones of mint, rosemary and thyme give a real freshness to this wine.

2014 Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, Rustenberg, South Africa – 90 pts
The fine purity of the classic cassis fruit is contrasted against a savoury, saline style. Sweet raspberry flavours emerge later on and balance the seaweed-like character.