Rhebokskloof Wine Estate wins with 2009 Chardonnay

Date posted:
April 28, 2011

Chardonnay-du-Monde, an international competition that brings together the best chardonnay wines from around the world on an annual basis, has awarded the Rhebokskloof Estate Chardonnay 2009 with a silver medal. A total of 914 chardonnay’s from 38 countries were sampled for this prestigious competition.



The Château des Ravatys, the wine estate of the Pasteur Institute in France, is the elegant setting for the competition whose primary objective remains consistent year after year – to pick the best chardonnays from around the world on the basis of their intrinsic quality. Other objectives are to support the quality measures undertaken by chardonnay producers throughout the world, to promote scientific research and knowledge, and to encourage a quality approach by improving tasters’ knowledge of chardonnay.


The grapes for the Rhebokskloof Estate Chardonnay 2009 originate from the Rhebokskloof Estate in Paarl and were harvested in February 2009. The vineyard was planted in 1990 in a decomposed granite soil type on a West/Northwest slope. Eighty percent of fermentation was in oak barrels and the remaining 20% in stainless steel tanks. Aging in both the oak barrels and the stainless steel tanks was for 11 months.


“We are very proud of this award for the Rhebokskloof Estate Chardonnay 2009”, says Rolanie Lotz, winemaker for Rhebokskloof Wine Estate. “The French oak produced a medium bodied wine with lots of citrus flavours and an underlying buttered toast flavour.”


This wine is perfectly paired with light dishes, such as salads and pasta.

For more information on the Rhebokskloof Estate Chardonnay 2009, please visit www.rhebokskloof.co.za.



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