Decanter endorses Elgin Ridge’s Chaos White as one the ‘wines to try’

The September 2019 issue of leading international wine industry magazine, Decanter, takes readers into the world of the cool-climate Elgin Wine Valley. Authored by industry influencer, Christian Eedes, the feature is appropriately entitled ‘Elgin wine region: Names to know and wine to try’.

Not only does Eedes share insight into winemaking in Elgin and the exciting future this region has in store for the industry, but he also focusses on his top white and red wines from the valley. Included in the lineup is Elgin Ridge Wines’ certified organic and certified biodynamic Chaos White 2018, which scored an impressive 94 points, and tied for joint first place as his best white wine in Elgin.

‘We’re truly humbled by this international validation, as it speaks to hard work and passion we constantly strive for in producing organic and biodynamic wines within the Elgin Wine Valley. Christian Eedes and Decanter’s endorsement reaffirms our team’s dedication to creating wines of excellence,’ comments co-owners Brian and Marion Smith.

Winemaker Kosie van der Merwe describes the Chaos White 2018, a blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 32% Semillon, as showcasing sweet pear, apricot and elderflower flavours, with nuances of dry hay around the edges. These flavours develop into fennel with a green tea and ginger undertone. The palate has a pithy edge, yet coated with an oily, multi-layered and textured mouthfeel. A wine not to be rushed, but rather savoured. Enjoy on its own – served at approximately 15°C – or enjoy with fish, chicken and creamed based pasta dishes. Also pairs perfectly with goat’s cheese and even has the body to take on red meat dishes. Without a doubt a collector’s dream, the Chaos White 2018 is available directly from the Tasting Room at R350 per bottle or select specialist outlets nationwide.

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