2017 Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde

Is this the best Chardonnay in South Africa? Pear and peach, with silky, saline texture, and a purity that’s rarely found. There’s a length here, with salty apples. Very good indeed.

Critic score
93/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Young 2020 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2017 Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Newton Johnson, Hemel-en-Aarde

TASTING NOTES

Granum hails from a rocky, south-facing site and marries Syrah with 22% Mourvèdre. Peppery, savoury and still quite tight, even in a hot year like 2016, this is stony, compact and layered, with meaty, black olive and tapenade flavours and a spine of tannin.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com (September 2019)
93/100