In a nutshell: A bright and zesty unoaked South African Chardonnay from the Franschhoek region of the Cape.
The lowdown: For this, Chamonix's Unoaked Chardonnay, they ferment the pressed fruit in stainless steels tanks and then leave it on its lees for a further 16 weeks to allow the essential, pure character of the fruit to fully marry into the wine. It's vibrantly aromatic with ripe apple, pear, tropical fruits and herbal notes on the nose followed with a clean and precise feel in the mouth with plenty of ripe, sundrenched fruit and zesty, refreshing acidity which follows through to the wonderfully smooth finish.
When to drink: With its clean, pure and fruity character it's a perfect aperitif wine and good a partner simply cooked fish dishes.
Situated above the fertile Franschhoek valley Chamonix is all about passion of place. They aim at making authentic iconic old world-style Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc wine all linked by a golden thread of grace and elegance.
Since being acquired by German-born entrepreneur and adventurer Chris Hellinger two decades ago, the estate has undergone tremendous improvements, and in addition to their top quality they offer visitors a host of culinary and recreational options in spectacular surroundings. Heading up the winemaking team is the talented Niel Bruwer.