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Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2017

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Country
south africa
Region
hemel-en-aarde
Type
WHITE
Producer
RESTLESS RIVER
Grape
chardonnay
Vintage
2017
Alcohol
13.5%

About this Wine

This is hands down every member of Swig's favourite treat. You'll get hints of those unctuous salted caramel, toffee apple oaked Chardonnay flavours, but they're tempered by a pithy citrusy acidity and a purity on the palate which makes it actually quite delicate. It's a fascinating wine, which seems to flirt between hedonism and finesse from first drop to last.

Tasting notes

We’ve been working with Craig and Anne for 5 years now, and from the start fully expected their Cabernets and Chardonnays to achieve cult status. So they have. Demand is always high and volumes are very low. Restless River’s Chardonnay vineyards are someof the oldest the cool-climate Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Tiny yields and looong, slow maturation produces some extraordinarily concentrated fruit.

FROM THE PRESS

“Craig Wessels picks this two-hectare block in five stages to achieve maximum balance and complexity. Large barrel and amphora-fermented, it’s a stunning, elegantly refined Chardonnay with understated oak, some cinnamon spice, good texture and a fresh, citrus peel finish. One of the Cape’s best Chardonnays. 2019-25.”
Tim Atkin SA Report 2019, 96/100
“Five pickings from single-vineyard, natural ferment in oak, aged in mix of barrel, amphora, stainless steel. 2017 has thrilling tension, purity & complexity in spice-edged, ripe lime flavours. Texture is as important; density, fine grip, ensure a long lifespan”
Platter’s Guide 2020, 5* (97/100)
“Picked from a single five acre plot three miles from the Atlantic. Use of oak is subtle and the wine is partially fermented in amphora.'”
Victoria Moore, The Telegraph, 25th July 2020

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