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Deconstructed Lake District Bokkeveld SHale CY95

rich yet tightly structured

100% Chardonnay made from Dijon clone CY95.

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Sourced from a parcel in the western part of Elgin the 95 clone is known for its excellent quality creating wines that are aromatic, fuller bodied and rich yet tightly structured, well–balanced with length of flavour, managing to show restraint and mouth-watering passivity with a great line through the palate and fruit veering towards white peach flesh and nectarine. The Bokkeveld Shale brings amplified perfume on the nose and persistence and elegance to the palate.

The wine rested in barrel for 4 months prior to judicious sulphuring and a further 7 months maturation in barrel before racking and bottling. A small number of artisanal coopers were selected, all from Burgundy and only French oak was chosen. Importantly, this wine was micro-vinified as a separate batch. In 2020 100% is new oak using two 228 litre barrels.

Alcohol: 13.34% | pH: 3.41 | RS: 2.6 g/l


per 750ml


Tim atkin


There are only two new barrels of this soil specific Chardonnay, alas, but do try to find a bottle or two. Steely, pithy and flinty, it has lovely brine and oyster shell aromas, leesy complexity, stylish wood and the structure and concentration to age in bottle. 2023-31.
-Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2022

Platter's Wine Guide 2023

4.5 Stars

93 points

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