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Decanter Magazine awards Sutherland Chardonnay 2015 top score

Posted on 14 March 2017 by Michelle in Newsletters

Decanter’s April edition features a South African Chardonnay panel tasting, in which our Sutherland Chardonnay 2015 scored 96 points, only one of two wines to do so. Master of Wine, John Hoskins said “The top wines are of international quality – they’d hold their own against anything.”


The Elgin valley region shone in the magazine’s panel tasting with an impressive five of the top seven wines hailing from Elgin. This is a remarkable performance for an area that accounts for only 1.48% of the total South African Chardonnay plantings! Gyles, whom the magazine described as “a pioneer in Elgin”, has said in the past that Chardonnay shows a lot of promise and is likely to be the best grape variety for the area.

The judges seem in agreement, with Greg Sherood’s (MW) description an apt summary of the Sutherland Chardonnay 2015, “It is hard to deny the complex nose of struck match reduction on this wine, which mingles with green pears and dusty granitic minerality. Lean and austere, just like a young premier cru Burgundy: super linear with rapier acidity. Serious stuff – I love it.

Thelema Chardonnay 2014 also impressed the international judges on the panel.

The awarded 94 points is a wonderful follow up to the gold medal it received at the International Wine Challenge competition in 2016. The tasting notes describe the wine as “an aspirational style that shows restraint and a lean mineral edge but also a leesy, honeyed complexity. The chalky, modern, sinuous palate is flecked with hints of barley sugar” and is always a firm favourite at the dinner table of the Webb families.

We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the good news communicated and would like to inform you that these vintages will soon sell out. To avoid disappointment, please ensure you get your orders in as soon as possible.