2021 Jordan Stellenbosch Chardonnay Barrel Fermented
Stellenbosch is South Africa's most famous wine growing area, Stellenbosch has the most top domains and is surrounded by mountains (Helderberg and Simonsberg) and has vineyards in every direction. Stellenbosch has the only university in South Africa with a viticulture department. Even though two-thirds of the vineyards are planted with white grapes, the realization is growing that Stellenbosch is destined for red wine.
The Jordans have a thing for Chardonnay. In recent years, the grape has become their specialty. The fruit for this wine comes from vines planted between 1984 and 2001. The vineyards are located on the cooler south and east slopes between 250 and 310 meters. Gary praises the bottom of gravel, sand and granite on top of a layer of clay. Ideal for Chardonnay. The wine matures in first class French oak barrels. 50% of the barrels are renewed annually. The maturation lasts about 9 months “sur lie” in the barrels. To give some extra freshness to the wine, 10% "unwooded" Chardonnay is used in the final blend. The wine is a powerful expression of the Chardonnay. In the smell a lot of fruit such as citrus and fresh pineapple so summarized and creamy nose with some butter and vanilla, notes of citrus and hazelnut. In the mouth a silky structure with ripe acids and vanilla and minerals in the long aftertaste. However, the wine is not too heavy for a moment. The wine has elegance. The enormous length is striking in the taste. A beautiful chardonnay for a very nice price. In 2014 this wine won the title of 'best Chardonnay in the world' at the World Wine Awards and was voted best chardonnay of the World by Decanter
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|
|Drinking as of||2023|
|Tasting Profiles||Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch|