A super-geeky afternoon yesterday tasting 2007 through 2012 of Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay and 2009 through 2012 Eikendal Chardonnay.
A fascinating contrast in styles, the Rustenberg typically featuring natural fermentation, around 70% new oak and full malo-lactic fermentation, the Eikendal inoculated (as far as I’m aware), around 20% new oak and only 10% to 20% of the wine going through malo. In the glass, Rustenberg tended to show weight and power while Eikendal was lean and savoury.
Wine of the tasting was the Five Soldiers 2009. Lemon and orange, a floral top note but also some honey and nuttiness by virtue of time in the bottle. Good weight and dimension on the palate, concentrated fruit and tangy acidity combining to provide a delicious sweet ‘n sour sensation. In a really good place in terms of its development.