Paul Wallace, Reflection Chardonnay 2019
Leading with prominent citrus notes of lemon and lime backed up by a delicate, oaky sweetness and minerality. A wine with good breadth, length and mouthfeel.
An excellent example of the wine for which Elgin is renowned – a highly expressive Chardonnay with remarkably pure fruit flavours.
The name “Reflection” is derived from the magnificent early morning and evening reflection of our Chardonnay vineyard in the dam at the bottom of the sloping Chardonnay vineyard.
Our Chardonnay was vinified by Nico Grobler and Maryke Botha in the Eikendal cellar. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, and taken to barrel where spontaneous fermentation took place in French oak sourced from Burgundian coopers. There is a 20% new wood component and malolactic fermentation was pinned at 50%. After 11 months in wood, the barrels were blended and kept in tank until lockdown regulations allowed the wine to be bottled on 20th May 2020.
The Reflection Chardonnay leads with prominent notes of lemons and limes with a touch of oatmeal on the nose. A fruit-forward entry onto the palate where citrus notes and a delicate oaky sweetness (think of lemon cream biscuits) combine with an underlying minerality to produce a wine with good breadth, length and mouthfeel.
This Chardonnay reflects purity of fruit, a natural elegance and texture prevalent in Chardonnays from the Elgin Valley.
A wine that will compliment most seafood dishes, fresh oysters, poultry or even a heavenly piece of gorgonzola cheese.