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Oak Valley Groenlandberg Chardonnay, Elgin 2021
Classy, cool-climate barrel-fermented chardonnay that is a serial Platter’s Five Star wine. Fresh acidity lifts, freshens and lengthens the palate. Platter's 5* 2023: 'Elegant, naturally barrel-fermented 21 (95) crafted to preserve fresh natural acid; only 28% new oak, no malo or batonnage. Fabulous citrus concentration, mineral vitality & subtle oatmeal, hazelnut & orange peel nuances after 10 months in 300L oak'.
Price: £22.00 Bottle
Price: £132.00 Case of 6
- White Wine
- 2 - Dry
- Now to 2026
- 13.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, diam
Oak Valley Estate
This beautiful estate has a long history dating back to 1898 and is now owned by the fifth generation of the Viljoen family. Situated on the northern side of the Elgin mountain basin, its 1786 hectares boast stunning views with rugged mountains complemented by undulating landscapes which are home to fruit trees (they are recently the first to develop a pure red apple), flowers, cattle, acorn fed pork, and of course to vines (now 30ha, alongside around 400ha of other fruits).
Long-term grape grower and supplier to the great and the good of the industry (previously up to 50% of production), Oak Valley only bottled its own wine from 2003. The focus is now firmly on chardonnay and pinot noir, with more chardonnay planted in 2017 and a new cellar designed and built accordingly, and taking advantage of the existing cooling facility used in flower production.
Oak Valley has an admirable record for sustainability and holds BWI Champion status and is IPW and Wieta accredited. It offers walking/hiking and mountain bike trails which have hosted the infamous Cape Epic, as well as a restaurant, deli and tasting room on site.