#192 Elgin Ridge Chardonnay 2017 (Biodynamic)
00:00 – The Story of Elgin Ridge
00:23 – Winemaker Kosie van der Merwe
01:05 – A recap on how to assess a wine’s aromas
01:42 – What does the Elgin Ridge Chardonnay smell like?
02:12 – What does the Elgin Ridge Chardonnay taste like?
03:06 – How does Elgin terroir achieve this unique flavour profile?
05:12 – Some blind tasting hacks for detecting cool climate wines
05:54 – Summary
Here is a slightly more detailed, sciencey video on why vineyard altitude is important for wine quality.
If there is one wine that represents Elgin on a global scale, it’s Chardonnay. Sure, the valley gang push their Syrah and their Pinot Noir as equally poignant, but when it comes to outright quality, and consistency of performance, no cultivar delivers as much value out of Elgin as Chardonnay does.
This 282 Chardonnay, named after the altitude of the Elgin Ridge wine estate (now sold to Radford Dale).
👃🏼- The nose carries some notes of salted almonds, oatmeal, nutmeg, lime marmalade, lemon blossom, oranges and chalk dust.
👄 – On the palate, concentrated citrus fruit – oranges, and fresh cut limes dominate, but these are beautifully elevated by floral elements, and a hint of nutmeg spice. This is concentrated, but also supremely laser-like and elegant. There is great structure on the tail end with a few oaky tannins and the sensation of grapefruit pith right on the finish. This is a tight affair that will age beautifully for the good part of the next decade.
🔬- 100% Chardonnay. Wine of Origin Elgin. Altitude 282m ASL. All fruit is biodynamically farmed, and vinified using native ferments. Certified biodynamic by Demeter.
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