2019 Jordan Chameleon Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay
Stellenbosch is South Africa's most famous wine-growing region, Stellenbosch has the most top estates and is surrounded by mountains (Helderberg and Simonsberg) and has vineyards in every direction. Stellenbosch has the only university in South Africa with a wine-growing department. Even though two-thirds of the vineyards are planted with white grapes, there is a growing awareness that Stellenbosch is destined for red wine.
The name of this series of wines comes from the Cape Dwarf Chameleon that occurs in the gardens around the Jordan Wine Estate, hence Chameleon and at Grandcruwijnen we carry all wines from this series.
This wine is a blend of 66% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Chardonnay, 13% Chenin Blanc. This clear, pale yellow wine is moderately expressive on the nose and has clear notes of Sauvignon: lime, grapefruit and freshly cut grass. In the taste, the characters of Chardonnay and Chenin come to the fore, so that the wine combines a smooth attack with a broad mouthfeel. Perfect combination! This is a versatile rosé from Jordan, a real chameleon.
Jordan Winery is professionally run by Gary and Kathy Jordan. Not only do they make excellent wines, Jordan's restaurant, bistro and guesthouses are also worth a visit.
Kathy and Gary Jordan, after both working abroad for two years, took over the domain purchased by Gary's parents in 1982 in 1992. Fortunately, Gary was already involved in the planting in the 1980s. Gary is a geologist and used his knowledge to analyze the terroir to ensure that each grape variety was planted in the right place. Today, Jordan benefits greatly from these choices. Their vines are now mature enough to provide fantastic complexity, while other producers are just beginning to plant the right vines in the right soil. Jordan is the only estate in Stellenbosch that has vineyards planted in every direction. It is a real family business where high quality wines have been made for years. They combine the ripe, concentrated and fruity accessibility of the New World and the complex structure of classic wines. The international appreciations are therefore enormous. For example, the flagship, the Nine Yards hardonnay, has already been named 'Best Chardonnay of the World' twice by the wine magazine Decanter and has also won the Proefschrift Wijnconcours. In 2014, even the 'regular' Barrel Fermented Chardonnay was crowned 'Best Chardonnay in the World' by Decanter! In addition, they also became South African 'Producer of the Year' at IWSC in 2014.
The wines from the Chameleon range have been produced by Jordan since 1993. With the proceeds of these wines, 4 research projects are currently being funded that focus their research on the Kaapse Dwerg Kameleon (Kaapse Dwerg Verkleurmannetjie in Afrikaans). The habitat of this small chameleon species is threatened by urbanization and intensive agriculture, causing more and more of the animal's natural habitat (fynbos) to disappear. By gaining more insight into the living pattern of these (hard to find) animals, it is hoped that they can be saved from extinction. The wines used for this range naturally have the quality one would expect from Gary and Cathy Jordan, but are especially made for the moments that call for wine for festive and relaxed moments; in other words, perfect for a braai with friends!
|Type of Wine||White|
|Grape||Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc|
|Drinking as of||2020|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Green & grassy, Tropical fruit, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag|