Oh my giddy gumdrops ! What a wine .... A stunning example of a restrained, cool climate Chardonnay. Beautifully balanced with a refreshing, crisp acidity and a distinct minerality complementing the buttery notes. Concentrated and refined.
Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa is Lismore Estate Vineyards. Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Her passion combined with vines planted at 300 meters, chilled by the winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produce classic cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted. With one of the coolest climates in South Africa with extreme diurnal temperature shifts, she produces, amoungst other varieties, 2 outstanding Chardonnays.
Whilst not the cheapest, they are both truly remarkable wines and offer the poise, balance and complexity of wines you'd expect to pay a lot more for. In terms of style, think more Burgundian (in particular, more Puligny than Meursault) than opulent New World. Neil Martin, of Vinous.com, goes so far as to comment: "dare I say it, almost Corton-Charlemagne like in style".
Lismore Estate is the pioneer of Wine of origin "Greyton" which has been designated by SAWIS in recognition of the unique and special terroir of this region. Greyton lies further inland and to the East of even the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, nestled into the foothils of the dramatic Riviersonderend (river without end) Mountains.