2016 Ava Marie Chardonnay, Restless River, Hemel-en-Aarde

The Ava Marie Chardonnay is a simply brilliant South African Chardonnay, that wows with its poise, focus and length. Notes of acacia and orange blossom intertwine with sea spray and crunchy apples and lemon essence. The texture is so fine and slightly oily, and there’s an effortless balance here. South Africa’s Montrachet?

Critic score
96/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£42.20
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£253.20

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2019 - 2027
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2016 Ava Marie Chardonnay, Restless River, Hemel-en-Aarde

TASTING NOTES

Craig Wessels picks this two-hectare block in five stages to achieve maximum balance and complexity. Large barrel and amphora-fermented, it’s a stunning, elegantly refined Chardonnay with understated oak, some cinnamon spice, good texture and a fresh, citrus peel finish. One of the Cape’s best Chardonnays.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2018)
96/100