2020 Lismore, Estate Reserve Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2020 Lismore, Estate Reserve Chardonnay, 6x750ml

Vegetarian

Availability: 4 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £180.00

Critics Score: 95

Publication: Neal Martin, Vinous

Drinking Dates: 2022-2042

The 2020 Chardonnay Reserve Estate is the only Reserve wine whose fruit survived the wildfire in 2018. It has a glorious bouquet that is Premier Cru Burgundy in quality, featuring wonderful, brilliantly delineated scents of citrus lemon and orange blossom and hints of black currant leaf. The palate is extremely well balanced, displaying wonderful poise allied with Ihpressive concentration. There's real depth and substance on the finish (where others have lacked in this vintage). An outstanding, world-class Chardonnay.
Producer
Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand-crafted.

Vineyard
Having pioneered a new extreme cool climate region in South Africa, Samantha chose to release an Estate Reserve range to illustrate what the vineyards are capable of. The wines are produced from very low yielding vines. The vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. The vines are grown in decomposed shale over clay soils and are dry farmed, which contributes to the deep concentration in the wine. Low mean temperatures during February contribute to an extended ripening period, resulting in a harvest period which can be three to four
weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa. The intense citrus notes and the lingering finish are consistent trademarks of Lismore's specific terroir. The distinctive minerality of this Chardonnay is a clear indication of the cool climate in which it is grown.

Winemaking
The grapes were whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 600 litres per tonne. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and then racked into 500 litre Burgundian barrels of which 35% were new, for spontaneous and natural fermentation and 11 months’ maturation. Balance was the key to this wine.

Alcohol: 13%