Fleur du Cap Chardonnay awarded Gold in France

Monday, 22 March, 2004
Gudrun Clark
Unfiltered Chardonnay 2002 is ranked amongst the world's finest at Chardonnay-du-Monde

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2002 has been ranked amongst the world’s finest Chardonnays by clinching a gold medal at this year’s prestigious Chardonnay-du-Monde international wine competition in France.

The 2004 Chardonnay-du-Monde award is the second gold medal bestowed on this superb Chardonnay in Fleur du Cap’s premium Unfiltered range, after the wine attained gold status at Veritas 2003. The Chardonnay-du-Monde is the world’s top Chardonnay competition featuring wines from 35 countries and a truly international panel of judges. In all, 369 medals were awarded making up 30% of the 1226 wines entered this year. Eight South African wines were amongst the 68 gold medal recipients in the competition.

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2002 was made by The Bergkelder’s talented winemaker, Kobus Gerber, from optimally ripe grapes selected from two specific vineyard blocks in the Stellenbosch region.

In the cellar the grapes were gently pressed and matured in French oak barrels for nine months, imparting structure and complexity and a subtle vanilla oak spice flavour. The result is a rich, full-bodied unfiltered wine packed with layers of tropical pineapple and mango on the nose and an abundance of dried fruit, apricot and peaches on the palate. The wine is the ideal accompaniment to chargrilled poultry and pork or lighter style red meat dishes and is excellent with Thai cuisine and robust vegetarian dishes.

It retails at around R62 per bottle.

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