Wine Concepts presented their 10th exclusive Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Celebration in collaboration with The Vineyard Hotel whilst celebrating International Garden Day on the lawns of the The Vineyard hotel.
Wine Concepts concentrates on discovering wines that not only deliver quality but value too. We were treated to a fine selection of charming Chardonnay’s and juicy Pinot Noir’s! This popular celebration gave wine lovers the opportunity to taste over 100 wines produced from 30 of the Capes’s premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wineries.
We tasted the following:
Almenkerk Chardonnay 2019
This classic cool-climate Chardonnay is packed with citrus fruit and balanced by gentle wooding. The zesty palate is softened by the lees contact, leading to a lingering finish. Typical Elgin cool-climate elegance.
Journey’s End Destination Chardonnay 2019
The Destination is rich and full on entry and throughout. The nose exhibits concentrated apricot and ripe peach with layers of lime zest and orange. The fruit component is complemented by well-balanced almond and vanilla spice from generous oak aging. Minerality ensures freshness and adds linearity to a long-lasting creamy finish.
La Bri Chardonnay 2021
This wine embraces the fresh flavours of young pineapple, peaches and creamy lemon with the nuttiness of freshly baked biscuits all offset against a backdrop of a crisp apple palate.
La Brune The Valley Chardonnay 2021
Fresh, pure and clean, citrus, apples and pears. Linear and tight with a mineral core coated with some beautiful Elgin fruit ending in a long clean finish.
La Brune The Valley Pinot Noir 2021
It’s all about strawberries and cherries, some citrus notes with a fresh and pure profile. Linear, tight with red fruit and a beautiful soft texture witha long pure finish.
Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2020
Lush mineral spice and stone fruit blossom at the fore. Explosive lime-infused flavours of green apple are amplified by a precise energy. Gentle touch of candied ginger and toast. Vivacious and lasting finish.
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2020
This outstanding Pinot Noir has flavours of dark cherry, wild berry, espresso and cinnamon spice, ending in a long earthy finish.
Muratie Isabella Chardonnay 2020
Lovely fruity with light vanilla and hazelnut notes. Fresh, elegant with a long-lasting taste.
Muratie George Paul Canitz Pinot Noir 2019
Heady combination of strawberries, cherries, plums and aniseed, all underpinned by hints of truffle, exotic mushrooms and spice. Smooth, velvety entry opens into an elegant mouthful of fruits – preserved raspberries and cherries – surrounded by oak-induced spice flavours of cinnamon and. A fresh lively acidity provides balance to the supple and juicy tannins and the finish is lengthy, changing from fruit through to satisfying truffles and earthiness.
Muratie George Paul Canitz Pinot Noir 2008
Strawberry to garnet hue, exceptional for Pinot Noir. Fresh cherries and hint of strawberry on the nose. Slight hint of French oak in the background. Wonderful balance and an elegant structure. The fruit and tannin is well integrated and in balance, ensuring a delicate yet long finish.
Paul Cluver Village Chardonnay 2021
This wine is a great expression of a lightly oaked Chardonnay, bursting with citrus and fresh granny smith apple notes followed by notes of white peach and complimented with subtle hints of oak in the background. These characteristics follow through onto the palate that reveals the natural, ?ne and fresh acidity of the wine with a lingering aftertaste.
Paul Cluver Village Pinot Noir 2021
Beautiful aromas of red fruits mixed with roasted spices followed by a delicious palate of cherries and poached ripe plums resulting in a medium bodied wine with soft edges.
Peter Falke Chardonnay 2021
Beautifully refined in its aromas with subtle citrus notes of white peach, soft sundried apricot, and delicate baked quince. On the palate layers of warm butterscotch, gentle vanilla and roasted almonds unfold, whilst the natural freshness follows through to a clean creamy finish.
Peter Falke Pinot Noir 2019
Beautiful ruby colour with delicate aromas of pomegranate and rhubarb with hints of spices. On the palate strawberries with a round lingering finish of cherry. An elegant wine, well balanced with subtle French Oak and red fruits.
Oak Valley Groenlandberg
Groenlandberg Range is consistent and tells the story of Oak Valley. Tabula Rasa is single-minded, limited release, single vineyard and single clone. It’s the Latin phrase for Clean Slate. Grapes are sourced from a handful of vines within a block, focused exclusively on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Tabula Rasa CY95 Chardonnay 2018
CY548 is the fuller, bolder wine with fragrant honeysuckle and ripe fruit whereas CY95 is more feminine with lots of citrus elements. The blocks are right next to each so there is little differences in soil and aspect and both in 50% new oak.
Lothian Chardonnay 2020
The nose is prominent and complex. The entry is surprisingly bracing. The fine acidic backbone that gives this wine a lively tension asserts itself immediately. Flavours of yellow citrus, pineapple and nectarines come to the fore. Integrated wood provides a fragrant base and some texture to the mid palate. This wine has good length and all the while the flavours change in the mouth, the acid stands guard ensuring a very clean finish.
Lothian Pinot Noir 2020
The wine has a bold rich colour. This hints at a more substantial style of Pinot noir. On the nose Spicy Oak gives way to violets and forest floor. The entry is silky. The mid-palate weight of this wine is remarkable. There are, baked plums and morello cherries to be discovered. The youthfulness of this wine is revealed by the cocoa powder tannins that develop along with hints of dark chocolate and strawberry.
Mooiplaas Watershed Pinot Noir 2019
It is elegant and complex with perfectly integrated acidity and a good structure. This Pinot Noir is driven by intense fruit and red berry flavours.
Mont Rochelle Miko Chardonnay 2017
The nose has beautiful aromas of beautiful stone fruit nuances with lovely fresh citrus lime tones, including butterscotch, oatmeal, and honey. The palate is complex and is well balanced by a finely judged and elegant toasty oak component.
Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2021
Made with grapes from three sites – two north- and one south-facing, this is a very complete, balanced wine, with 30% new wood, citrus, oatmeal and cinnamon spice flavours, pithy acidity, a drizzle of cream and commendable palate length.
Paul Wallace Reflection Chardonnay 2021
It’s a wine showing personality, it has a zesty flavour with notes of lemon and lime, is slightly oaky, and has a mineral undertone. It spent 10 months in 20% new barrels. A well balanced wine with fruit and wood integration.
Paul Wallace Brave Heart Pinot Noir 2019
It is delightful in the glass, with loads of red fruit flavours like cherries and strawberries.
Paul Wallace Brave Heart Pinot Noir 2016
This one shows more concentration and character with great depth. Lovely sweet and sour cherries accompanied by elegant tannins.
Kruger Family Wines Old Vines Chardonnay 2020
These Old Vines bear little fruit and produce amazingly complex wines with great concentration, fantastic minerality and flavours that just keep on giving.
Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2019
A style characterised by refreshing linear acidity and mouthfilling fruit textures. Classic Nine Yards flavours with lime citrus and fragrant oak spice.
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2021
A tight, mineral wine with classic Hamilton Russell Vineyards length and complexity. Prominent pear and lime fruit aromas and flavours are brought beautifully into focus by a tight line of bright natural acid and a long, dry minerality. An elegant, yet textured and intense wine with a strong personality of both place and vintage.
Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir 2021
This wine reveals notes of red cherries, cranberries and raspberries combined with hints of nutmeg and clove spices.
Glen Carlou Blanc de Blanc 2019
This Brut Nature style reveals distinct white peach, cinnamon spice and subtle jasmine floral scents. Lemon and lime, and crisp green apple flavours abound on the brioche accented mouthfeel. An exceptionally fine mousse supports the finesse, making this Cap Classique your quintessential drink for all occasions.
Laarman Focal Point Chardonnay 2021
Voluptuous body with aromas of buttered toast and crème bruleé. Firm structure with a range of citrus perfumes, especially mandarin, with a touch of ginger and a nutty character. The finish is seamless and lingers long after the last drop.
Fledge & Co Katvis Elgin Pinot Noir 2020
Bright red & ripe black cherry, rose hip, Turkish Delight, cranberry, bright spice, undertones of forest floor and musk all cloistered by ripe tannin, oak spice & savoury finish.