Crystallum, `Clay Shales` Chardonnay 2020
Signature citrus fruits collide with butterscotch and ripe tropical complexity. Sumptuous.
Crystallum are fast becoming THE premier South African producer for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their base in Walker Bay. The wines produced show both the consistency and balance of the top producers worldwide, whilst speaking clearly of place and variety. Whilst still a young operation, these are wines of great pedigree which will mature gracefully over the decade to come.
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape oweing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particuarly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Crystallum is one of the most highly regarded wineries in South Africa and is at the forefront of the ‘New Wave’ movement. The winemaking has evolved over the years and all of the wines are now wild fermented and the use of new oak has been reduced to help the bright fruit shine through.