We always knew our Sumaridge Chardonnay was world class and now The Buyer magazine’s roving contributing editor and world class chef, Roger Jones, has confirmed it!
Hemel en Aarde showcase their Chardonnay against some world class opposition. On a glorious South African summer’s day our intrepid traveller, Roger Jones provided a stellar line up of New World Chardonnay to pit against the region’s best Chardonnay.
The tasting was blind, in flights of five wines served in Riedel Chardonnay glasses, marked out of 20 and judged by 11 winemakers and nine international guests. There was little dispute in the scores with Hemel en Aarde clearly the winner on the day, the clean vibrant precision of these wines shining brightly. The purity and natural essence of these wines enthralled the judges.
This region has clearly come of age, producing superlative Chardonnay, 23 wines were tasted and here are the wines in order of score:
- Ataraxia, Hemel en Aarde Ridge 2015
- Sumaridge, Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley 2015
- Restless River, Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley 2016
- Stargazer, Tasmania 2016
- Newton Johnson Family Vineyards, Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley 2017…..