Mont Rochelle releases second vintage of premium Miko Chardonnay

Date posted:
August 5, 2011

Mont Rochelle Mountain Vineyards has released the much anticipated second vintage of its premium flagship white wine, the MIKO Chardonnay 2009.


Together with its premier red wine, the MIKO Cabernet Sauvignon, the MIKO Chardonnay sets the benchmark for top quality wines produced in the Franschhoek valley. The exclusive MIKO range was named in honour of the late owner of Mont Rochelle, Miko Rwayitare, who rated the barrel-fermented chardonnay among his most favourite wines. 


The wine’s bright straw yellow colour illuminates nuances of apricot kernel and tangerine flavours, which transform into white pepper and greengage as the wine develops in the glass. Intelligent oaking has ensured that its mineral notes are perfectly balanced with delicate nutty flavours and a lingering finish that begs to savour.  


Just 4 200 bottles of MIKO Chardonnay 2009 have been produced, and the wine is available from leading wine shops and restaurants countrywide. It is also for sale at the cellar (R250 per bottle), or may be enjoyed at Mont Rochelle’s fine dining restaurant, Mange Tout, and the more informal Country Kitchen, where it is perfectly matched stylistically and structurally to the world-class cuisine served here.


Mont Rochelle’s owner, Erwin Schnitzler, says: “Our MIKO Chardonnay is only produced in outstanding vintages, ensuring that the best possible wine is bottled in memory of my late business partner, Miko Rwayitare. 2009 was indeed an excellent vintage, perhaps even one of South Africa’s best, and I believe this is evident in the quality of this wine, which is the latest in our MIKO range. We set out to create a wine that matches the standard of superb quality that is synonymous with the MIKO range, and I am very proud to say that we have achieved this with the MIKO Chardonnay 2009. I believe it follows proudly in the footsteps of its predecessor, the MIKO Chardonnay 2006, which won silver in the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde in France in 2008.”


According to the newly appointed winemaker, Darran Stone, the wine is crafted in the traditional style of winemaking that Mont Rochelle is renowned for, and like the first vintage, is a 100% chardonnay made with grapes grown on the Mont Rochelle farm, showcasing the top quality fruit produced here. 


“My aim is to continue this traditional style of winemaking and to create Mont Rochelle wines that are true expressions of our vineyard’s distinctive terroir. I believe this is achieved through minimal intervention in the cellar, supported by meticulous vineyard management. The MIKO wines are the inspiration and archetypes for this ethos,” he enthused.


Mont Rochelle wines are known as being excellent food wines, and the MIKO Chardonnay 2009 is no exception. It will complement a variety of elegantly prepared dishes from seafood to red meat, and can be enjoyed right now, or will reward careful cellaring. Stone recommends pairing the wine with the mouth-watering Local French Reared Guinea Fowl dish on the winter menu at Mange Tout to celebrate a special occasion, or simply as an unforgettable taste sensation.



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