Lanzerac’s Chardonnay 2013 a cut above the rest at this year’s 2015 Novare Terroir Awards

1With a record 291 entries received for this year’s Novare Terroir Awards, Lanzerac’s Chardonnay 2013 was awarded the area winner in the category Stellenbosch District Terroir Awards, which forms part of this prestigious industry competition.

Founded 10 years ago, the SA Terroir Wine Awards sets about to acknowledge wine which truly represents a specific wine terroir. Only wines certified as wines of origin single vineyard, estate-produced, wards or small districts not divided into wards, are legible to enter. These criteria make it one of the most exclusive wine competitions in the world, and boast a relatively high number of entries.

This year’s judging panel comprised a panel of experienced industry role players, from journalists to winemakers. The panel included Andrea Freeborough, Charl Theron, David Biggs, Duimpie Bayly, Karen Glanfield, Pierre Marais and Samarie Smith. 

Grapes for the Lanzerac Chardonnay 2013 were sourced from seven different vineyard blocks in the Jonkershoek Valley. The vines vary in age from nine to 21 years, and consist of different clones to add complexity to the wine. The blocks are mainly from deep sandy soils and cover an area of 5.55 hectares. The yield for the 2013 vintage was 8.65 tons/ha, with an altitude of 166-375m above sea level.

Cellar Master, Wynand Lategan, says the wine displays prominent citrus aromas on the nose followed by a complexity of flavours including lemon, clover, ginger and vanilla. The palate shows excellent balance between fruit, acidity and softness with a full body and lingering aftertaste.

Best enjoyed with mild seafood curries with buttery sauces, fish cakes, chicken Caesar Salad, or even peach and mango based salads.

Available directly from the Tasting Room at R95 per bottle, and most retail outlets nationwide.

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