WOTW: Lismore Estate Vineyards, Chardonnay 2012

In a nutshell: A big, rich old-world style Chardonnay that’s lush, mouth-filling and brilliant with food.

The producer: Samantha O’Keefe left California with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore
Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. Passion and vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produce classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly handcrafted.

The wine: The vineyards are planted on slopes at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range.
The combination of elevation and climate make for an extended ripening period. The fruit is whole-bunch pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in old French oak barrels.

Tasting note: Complex, expressive bouquet with touches of smoke and walnut infusing the citrus fruit, a hint of toffee just underneath. The palate is lively and ripe on the entry with apricot, mandarin, orange zest and white peach.