High against the Simonsberg Mountain overlooking Stellenbosch, lies a very special vineyard. Over the decades this specific site has delivered award-winning chardonnays. The 2007 vintage from this same vineyard block before it was replanted won the trophy for Best Chardonnay in the World.
Now the long-awaited Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie 2020 vintage is finally available and we couldn’t be happier. Its name – Sur Lie – refers to the nine months the wine spent on the lees before blending and bottling. The fruit is hand-picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barrels.
“The vineyard is one we always watch intensely over the development of its fruit in the run-up to harvest, so we’re just as eager to see the result once the wine emerges from its slumber,” says Delheim winemaker Roelof Lotriet. “This year again, this very special vineyard just radiates from the glass.”
In making the wine, Delheim takes a classic approach. The Chardonnay Sur Lie is held back in favour of additional bottle maturation and further development of its flavours and aromas.
The wine’s solid body and character give it just the stature to serve with fine food, winter or summer. In glass, the vibrantly golden wine shows citrus, stone fruit and subtle notes of spice on the nose. The palate is well balanced with medium bodied structure. Creamy notes from the oak meld with elegant fruit and linger in fresh and memorable crispness.
“It’s wonderful wine to pair with a winter casserole and some fine cheese,” Roelof says. It will also continue to improve in bottle to within five years from vintage.
The retail price of the Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie 2020 is R250 per bottle. It is available at leading wine stores and selected restaurants, as well as Delheim’s online shop.
For more information, visit www.delheim.com.
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