Lismore Reserve Chardonnay, Greyton, South Africa 2017

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Lismore Reserve Chardonnay, Greyton, South Africa 2017

38.50

“A fabulous infant with great potential.” - Jancis Robinson, 18 points

If this isn’t the finest Chardonnay ever to leave the port of Cape Town then we don’t know what is, but we’d sure like to meet it. Everything is taken to its limit, but not beyond, like an athlete all aquiver with tension and energy. The interplay between the fruit ripeness, the minerality, the oak and the acidity is a wonder to behold. Absolutely world class! 13.5% alc. Drink now-2025

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson: “More oaky on the nose and palate than the 2016 Cape South Coast but the fruit is more concentrated too. I have to stop in my tracks here. It is impossible to move on, with flavour that seems to go on for ever. A fabulous infant with great potential. The oak so subtle, the texture so flattering. Drink 2020-2030.” 18 points

Vinous (Neal Martin): “The 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay was matured in 500-litre barrels using 40% new oak. It has quite a powerful bouquet of crushed stone, yellow stone fruit, jasmine and light walnut aromas that are very well defined, although it clearly needs a couple of years to absorb the oak. The palate is very precise on the entry, displaying notes of orange zest (veering toward blood orange), quince and nectarine. This has wonderful acidity and great build in the mouth toward a very impressive, almost Corton-Charlemagne-like finish. This will be outstanding once it reaches the peak of maturity. Drink 2020-2032.” 95 points

 Tim Atkin: “Sam O’Keefe’s Reserve all comes from her picturesque estate in Greyton and is an impressive wine in 2017. The wood needs time to integrate, but the fruit is tangy and bright, all citrus peel and grapefruit, with undertones of pear and passion fruit. 13.5% alc. Drink 2019-2025” 94 points

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