2018 Gartelmann 'Sarah Elizabeth' Chardonnay
Wine Notes: Barrel fermented in new and one year old 500 litre puncheons and 300 litre hogsheads to achieve the more subtle oak characters. Kept in oak for ten months with monthly lees stirring. Freshness and vitality was preserved by inhibiting malolactic fermentation.
Region: Orange Region
Tasting Notes: The caramelised peaches on the nose, the citrusy nectarines on the palate, the long lime vanillin wafts on the finish, seducing the taste buds to believe it is sweet but finishing bone dry. This is one of those wines that you will remember for a long time. Such a cliche’ but it is superbly balanced and full of flavour. Delights every sense. To all who have wandered away from Chardonnay... come back, try this, you will not be continuing on that erroneous path any longer.
Food and Wine Matching: Think chicken and mushroom pie, crispy skin salmon on mash, soft ripe cheese oozing on pumpernickel, gnocchi with pesto and aioli. Be inventive.
Reviews & Awards
"A perfumed nose with exotic Indian spice fragrances. Supple palate, long fleshy flavours, good oak/acid balance." Winestate Magazine
"I’ve always been a fan but I am so very pleased about Chardonnay coming back on the radar of wine drinkers. Well, at least I think it is. Judging by the comments from a number of friends and work colleagues I’ve spoken to recently, this seems to be true. Most of them are asking for recommendations and the region or state doesn’t seem to be a consideration. I like that too.Excellent aromas of lemons/limes, stone fruits and just a hint of flint/struck match sort of thing. These characters are also present on the palate which is both lush and lively at the same time. Very good fruit characters with peaches and citrus fruits (lemons & limes) the main players. Lovely palate weight thanks to some lees stirring resulting in a creaminess that compliments the aforementioned fruit characters very nicely, and a beautifully balanced, delicate yet flavoursome finish to round it all out perfectly.This is a mighty fine Chardonnay and it stands to reason why it won the trophy for ‘Best White Wine of Show’ at the 2019 Orange Wine Show." - Posted on November 24, 2019 by Tony Peters