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Missionvale Chardonnay 2021


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The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and its associated terroir has proven itself to be one of the Cape’s most treasured Chardonnay locations. The name Missionvale stems from the mission hospital established on the domain property in the early 19th Century. All grapes are harvested from this Estate to create one of the finest Chardonnays.

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It’s been remarked before how the weather, during recent odd vintages, seems to behave to the benefit of local vintners. 2021 followed this pattern of 2019, 2017 and 2015. Yields varied significantly between cultivars and apart from a big rain event on 14 March, dry and cool conditions prevailed during picking. Phenolic ripeness out performed sugar accumulation in the berries, resulting in juices with low potential alcohol and balanced natural acidities.

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Widely planted and well respected for its low production of high quality fruit, the Missionvale is a singular expression of the 95 clone. Now an established component of the final blend, 6% was fermented and matured for 9months in amphora, the balance in French oak. Although a third of the barrels employed were new, a large proportion have a 350L capacity, therefore reducing the amount of oak extracted. Bottled with light filtration in February2022.


Alcohol: 13.09vol%
Total Acidity: 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.5g/l
pH: 3.35
Volatile Acidity: 0.58g/l
Total SO2: 85mg/l
Allergens: Sulphites
Suitable for Vegans

Tasting notes

Sleek and refined, this complex white is filled with saline energy, highlighting a core of green apple, subtle pear and lightly toasted spice. Delicate citrus notes neatly balance a fine texture. Effortless weight and precise acidity close harmoniously. Its impressive youth should improve through 2026.

Food pairing

A creamy prawn stroganoff will complement the texture of the wine, while a simple Waldorf salad remains a favourite. Fresher styled cheeses, like grilled halloumi or chevre.

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