"The 2014 Chardonnay comes from four different blocks and it is blended in 40% new French oak that undergoes full malolactic. The oak is nicely integrated here, quite tight and perhaps lean compared to its peers, with touches of limestone and flint developing in the glass. The oak is barely noticeable. The palate is medium-bodied with a sligh creaminess on the entry, but the acidity is what carries this wine, not to mention the subtle mineralité that surfaces towards the Chablis-like finish."

93
Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate


"Jean-Claude Martin is good at making almost everything, but seems to have a special touch with Chardonnay. Aromatic, elegant, yet made with 100% malolactic fermentation, this has flavours of pear and stone fruit supported by lipsmacking acidity."

92
Tim Atkin, MW


"Bright, pale gold. Captivating, complex aromas and flavors of peach, mirabelle and clove. Concentrated, brisk and quite dry, showing a tactile mouth feel and finishing with firm backbone. This serious, solidly structured Chardonnay needs a couple more years in the cellar to unwind."

90
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Analysis

Creation 2014 Chardonnay

Wine of Origin

Walker Bay

Varietals

100% Chardonnay

Analysis

Alcohol 14.0%

Total Acidity 6.8 g/i

pH 3.48

Residual Sugar 2.1 g/l


Vinification and Aging

Barrel fermentation accompanied by fortnightly batonage. This was followed by partial malolactic fermentation. Eight months barrel aging, with 30% new wood, 70% 2nd, 3rd fill.


Tasting Notes

Straw yellow in color with attractive glints of green. On the nose, layers of sunkissed pear and peach are enhanced by fresh minerality and a hint of piquant vanilla. The full-bodied palate is in harmony; generously fruity and subtly spicy, with well-judged acidity contributing excellent balance and a lively, lingering aftertaste. Enjoy with flavorful chicken and seafood dishes.