David Finlayson Chardonnay 2020

Technical Analysis

Winemaker - David Finlayson
Main Variety - Chardonnay
Alcohol - 14.01 %vol
pH - 3.31
RS - 4.9 g/l
Total Acid - 5.7 g/l
Volatile Acidity - 0.53 g/l
SO2 - 81 mg/l
Free SO2 - 32 mg/l
Appellation - Stellenbosch


Type - White
Style - Dry
Body - Medium
Taste - Fruity


Chardonnay 2018
-NWC National Wine Challenge - Top 100 SA Wines - Double Gold

Chardonnay 2017
-Platter Guide 2018: 4 Star Platter
-90 points: Neal Martin August 29, 2018 - Vinous

Chardonnay 2016
-93 points: Tim Atkin SA report
-Gold: Michelangelo Awards
-91 Points: Wine Magazine (Prescient Chardonnay Report)

Chardonnay 2015
-Platter Guide 2017: 4 Star Platter
-2017 SAA Business Class listing
-89 points: Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
-Gold: Gold Wine Awards

Chardonnay 2014
-Gold: Vitis Vinifera
-90 points: Tim Atkin SA report

Chardonnay 2013
-Platter Guide 2015: 4½ Star Platter
-91 Points: eRobert Parker
-89 points: Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar
-Gold: Veritas 2013
-Gold: Vitis Vinifera
Grand Gold: SAWi 2015
-Silver: International Wine Challenge 2015

Chardonnay 2012
-Platter Guide 2014: 4 Star Platter
-88 points: Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Chardonnay 2011
-Platter Guide 2013: 4 Star Platter
-90 points: Wine Spectator 2012
-Silver: Veritas 2012
-Commended at International Wine Challenge 2012
-Commended at Decanter World Wine Awards 2012

Chardonnay 2010
-Platter Guide 2012: 4 Star Platter
-Commended at International Wine Challenge 2011

Chardonnay 2009
-Platter Guide 2011: 4 Star Platter
-Gold: Veritas 2010
-90 points: Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Chardonnay 2008
-Platter Guide 2010: 4 Star Platter

Chardonnay 2007
-Platter Guide 2009: 4 Star Platter
-90 points: Wine Spectator

Chardonnay 2006
-Platter Guide 2008: 4½ Star Platter
-90 points: Wine Spectator
-Silver medal: Swiss International Wine Awards

Tasting Notes

The wine is made from 4 different vineyards.  As with previous vintages, the wine shows an elegant minerality with lime-citrus, sourdough and cinnamon flavours.  The tight minerality keeps a wonderful acid grip on the palate showing good aging potential.  A floral note of wild, white flowers such as frangipani and almond blossom is obvious on the front of the nose and follows through the palate. Likened by many to the flavours found in cooler Burgundian and Chablis sites, the focus here is to make elegant wines.

Blend Information

100% Chardonnay

Food Suggestions

The ideal accompaniment to foods such as paella, quail and pork.


In The Vineyard

Soil Type: Malmesbury Shale on deep red clay, Hutton.

About The Harvest

Hand picked Chardonnay grapes, from 4 blocks with sugars from 22 Brix up to 25 brix to ensure a variety of flavours.
Harvested early February to mid February 2020

In The Cellar

Barrel fermented with natural yeasts.  30% malolactic fermentation.

Ten months in French Oak; 10 % New French Oak – Nevers,  Allier;  Medium Toasted 45 % 2nd Fill French Oak – Medium Toasted 45 % 3rd Fill French Oak

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