“I think a sense of place is very important when it comes to winemaking. I think we have gone past being a regional-based or estate-based industry. It’s really drilled down into single vineyards and then channelling them through into the cellar.”
JD graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2007 with a BSc in viticulture and oenology degree. He worked at Beyerskloof, Graham Beck Wines as well as at Stonestreet Winery in Sonoma County in California, US, before being appointed as winemaker at Steenberg Vineyards in 2009.
He was then promoted to cellarmaster in 2012 until April 2019, when he joined Warwick as cellarmaster. He has received numerous awards over the years.
Two Stellenbosch Chardonnay vineyards are used in the production of this beautiful Chardonnay, one on the Simonsberg and one on the Helderberg. Grapes are hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed to extract the juice as gently as possible. The juice is then settled overnight and racked to barrel. Natural fermentation in 228 litre French oak barrels. 33% new, 33% second fill and 34% third fill. After fermentation, the wine was aged a further nine months before filtration and bottling.
Tasting Notes: Green and gold in colour, aromas of stone fruit, citrus, roasted nuts and baked apple. The palate is rich and broad with citrus and apple, rich and lingering with a wonderful persistent aftertaste.
Ready for drinking now, through to 2025.
Auction Year: 2021