A Robertson Valley Chardonnay Soars To A Place In The World’s Top Ten

Meet the champion! Rietvallei JMB Chardonnay 2019 has been voted one of the best in the world, the only South African entrant to achieve this spectacular honour. When the Chardonnay du Monde International competition released results of their 2020 contest last week, Rietvallei’s Chardonnay from their Heritage Collection not only attracted Gold – the only South African wine to do so – but was placed in the Top 10 best Chardonnays of the World, 2020. 

Five other Cape entries scored well, each garnering a Silver medal. Weltevrede Place of Rocks Chardonnay 2018 was included in this winning list. 

As one of the most historic wine estates in the Robertson Wine Valley, Rietvallei’ s Chardonnays have been making local and international waves in recent years. Combining consistency with a range spanning unoaked, partly oaked and barrel-fermented wines, the valley terroir enables Winemaker, Kobus Burger, to craft the finest wines: These can range from flinty freshness to full-textured, intensely flavoured chardonnays that are both elegant and age worthy, guaranteeing products to please all palates. 

Chardonnay du Monde winning wines A Robertson Valley Chardonnay Soars To A Place In The World’s Top Ten

The winning JMB Chardonnay 2019 is a single vineyard wine, produced from vines planted in 2004. It enjoyed special nurturing from pruning through to harvesting which was done by hand. Only free-run juice was taken to new 300 litre French oak barrels where natural wild yeast fermentation took place. After four weeks wine showing the most potential was left for a further eight months on the primary lees, after which the finest was selected for bottling. 

Kobus Burger describes his chardonnay as being full-bodied and complex, with excellent fruit and wood integration. While the nose offers citrus and a little spice, the palate presents a fine spectrum of citrus flavours, subtly backed by oak and that delicious chardonnay cream offering a finishing touch. Firm acidity guarantees freshness and the complex whole makes for a lingering finish. Not surprising that the judges approved this youthful wine as one promising great potential. 

Of his Place of Rocks Chardonnay, cellar master, Philip Jonker, remarks that he regards this contest as an important one, and that this medal confirms Weltevrede’s decision to keep their focus on this noble cultivar.