Lismore Estate 2017 Chardonnay Reserve, Greyton, South Africa

Lismore Estate 2017 Chardonnay Reserve, Greyton, South Africa

Wine Advocate
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Tim Atkin MW

Outstanding Chardonnay from an extraordinary Cape winemaker. "almost Corton-Charlemagne-like finish"

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About Lismore Estate 2017 Chardonnay Reserve, Greyton, South Africa

Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa is Lismore Estate Vineyards. It is here, in the Greyton area, that Californian Samantha O'Keefe found paradise and the perfect terroir. With a degree in political science and background in television, Samantha left Los Angeles for South Africa in 2000. She fell in love with a 740-acre ranch called Riviersonderend, named for the mountain range. She purchased the ranch, built her own house, planted vines and constructed a winery. Lismore Estate Vineyards was founded in 2003, and her inaugural vintage was released in 2008. Samantha’s wines have garnered the attention of top journalists, and in 2018, she was inducted into the prestigious Cape Winemaker’s Guild in 2018, becoming the 6th woman to ever be inducted into the Guild.

This her Reserve Chardonnay produced entirely from estate vineyards. The are sustainably farmed and average a mature 15 years of age. The wine was fermented and aged in 500 liter French oak barrels, 40% new.
The Wine Advocate scored this 94 points saying "On the nose, the 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay has elegant, luscious red apples, lemon and pear tart and seductive floral notes of cherry blossom. It has excellent mouthfeel with perfect mid-palate weight and balance and elegant Chardonnay expression. The 35% new oak is harmoniously integrated and not heavy handed or overdone and it finishes long. This is beautiful and complex like Chassagne-Montrachet. Yes, this is tasty and collectible stuff! Stock your cellars now as these bottles won't last long."

Tim Atkin scored it 95 points saying "Sam O'Keefe's Reserve bottling all comes from her picturesque estate in Greyton and is an impressive wine in 2018. The wood is better integrated than it was in the previous release, possibly because of the use of 40% malolactic fermentation. Citrus, pear and passion fruit flavors are supported by minerality, stony acidity and subtle wood spices."

Vinous scored this 95 points saying "The 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay was matured in 500-liter 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."

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 13.5%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type White
  • Country South Africa

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