The second annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Investments was announced yesterday. The three man panel includes Roland Peens and James Pietersen. All wines tasted blind with an auditor keeping score.
Best value by some distance was the Hartenberg 2010 for R78 - another case of the regular wine out performing the top-of-the-range? I was torn between the Hamilton Russell and Tokara for my top drop but then there was the Uva Mira and the Almenkerk and the Sterhuis, all of them so delicious but will plumb for the Tokara, again swayed by relative value for money.
The top 10 wines were as follows:
Jordan Barrel Fermented 2011
Price: R109 (to be released 1 November).
Uva Mira Single Vineyard 2011
FOUR AND A HALF STARS
Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2011
KWV The Mentors 2011
Radford Dale 2011
Not yet released.
Sterhuis Barrel Selection 2010
Tokara Reserve Collection Walker Bay 2011
To read the tasting report in full, download the following: Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2012