Fram Chardonnay 2014
By Christian Eedes, 12 February 2015
Much comment following Tim James’s column about Robertson earlier in the week that the wines of this district are under-appreciated by the critics (see here).
I find this curious but rather than make a very detailed counter-argument, I shall simply point out that when a Robertson wine in the form of Silverthorn Green Man 2011 was entered into last year’s Six Nations Wine Challenge, it was judged best sparkling wine, best white wine and joint best wine overall and another Robertson wine namely Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2009 is not only rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s but also won the trophy for Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine at last year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition…
Regular readers of this website will know that Robertson wines feature fairly often and I had chance to review another one recently, specifically the Fram Chardonnay 2014 made by the forward-thinking Thinus Krüger.
The wine was tank fermented and left on the lees for three months. It also contains 10% of Chenin Blanc, which underwent whole bunch fermentation with aerated pump-overs for two weeks.
In short, I think it’s one of the best examples of unwooded Chardonnay yet to come out of South Africa. Some blossom, lemon and a slight yeasty note on the nose. Great fruit concentration and zesty acidity on the palate before a nicely pithy finish. It’s got a more “sun-kissed” quality than your typical Chablis (which is to say it’s not quite as lean) but it’s bloody delicious. Approximate retail price: R70 a bottle.