Legendary South African wine estate Boschendal was named producer of the top South African White Wine at the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC) with its Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2018. Besides the accolade as Top South African White Wine, the wine was named Best Elgin Chardonnay as well as achieving a Gold Medal for scoring 96 out of 100 points.
Boschendal Marketing Manager Shirley van Wyk said to be named Top South African White Wine at the influential IWC was a tremendous achievement for the Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 2018. “Chardonnay is one of the most competitive wine categories anywhere in the world, especially at the IWC which is entered by the international crème de la crème of wineries,” she says. “To achieve Gold Medal recognition is already a major achievement, but to be named the best South Africa White Wine on show exceeded all expectations. Especially at this time when the Cape is making its best Chardonnays and other wines in its illustrious winemaking history.”
Boschendal harvests the fruit for this impressive Chardonnay from their own vineyards in Elgin, planted in 2006. This Appellation Series Elgin Chardonnay (2018) has been a true standout, securing 90+ scores from IWSC 2019, the Prescient Chardonnay Report 2020 and the Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2020, and capping the year of acclaim with an astounding 96 from IWC.
IWC’s Panel-Chair, Clive Barlow, complimented the Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay’s fine acidity with depth and layered savoury fruits and describes this winner as “Crisp and focused, with lovely depth of citrus. Long and very fine, full bodied and refreshing.” While the IWC’s Co-Chair, Tim Atkin commended the delicate blend as “buttery and ample. Appealing Burgundian in style, it has subtle gunflint aromas, fine oak, lots of refreshing acidity and lemongrass, pear and sea salt flavours.“
Michael Langenhoven, white winemaker at Boschendal, says Elgin and Chardonnay is a match made in wine heaven. “While Chardonnay is the most widely planted white wine varietal in the world, it is in the cool climate Elgin region where we think the grape has found its true home in South Africa,” he says. “The 2018 came in at 23degrees Balling and was whole-bunch pressed. The juice all went into 300 liter French Oak barrels – 30% new- to finish the alcoholic fermentation, and remained in oak for 12 months. The wine is rich and complex, yet very elegant with citrus notes and a fine gun flint and minerality on the finish. Only 12 000 bottles were produced.”
Van Wyk says: “To be named the best in South Africa and garnering a gold for a second year in a row is an amazing accolade for the estate. Our wonderful white wine making team is always striving to create the best and they have done us very proud”
Boschendal Appellation Elgin 2018 Chardonnay Tasting Notes:
Vibrant pale gold with a glimmer of green.
On the nose: Expressive grapefruit and Golden Delicious apple aromas detailed with graceful lime blossom, frangipani and white truffle aromas further embellished by discreet vanilla oak spice.
Palate: A generous palate that is powerful yet intricate. Pronounced citrus fruit purity is layered with hints of oak and signature minerality. Finishes with remarkable intensity and length.