Tesselaarsdal Chardonnay 2020
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PRODUCER: Berene Sauls has probably the most unique story of all of our winemakers. And that's really saying something, we work with some extroardinary people! The small village of Tesselaarsdal in the Overberg, 24km north-east of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is named after East India Company settler Johannes Tesselar. On his death in 1810, he bestowed the land to his freed slaves and owner/winemaker Berene herself is a descendant on one of those very slaves. If you look closely at the label, you can make out two people walking across the mountain. This is Berene and her grandmother.
TASTING NOTES: Good godfathers this is a lovely chardonnay. Reminds us more of Burgundy than South Africa. Beeswax, honeycomb, oaty biscuits and luminous fruit - sunripened melon and peach, lime curd and blossom. Gorgeous fine texture, a hint of mealy yestiness and fine, chiseled palate. There's so much more to come from this but right now it's ample, honeyed and has a long, tangy finish. Young, but really fabulous to drink now. Fruit sourced from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, and ageing in a combination of oak , stainless steel and amphora,