Môreson Mercator Chardonnay 2017
By Christian Eedes, 22 October 2019
Think Stellenbosch, think Cabernet Sauvignon. Think Swartland, think Chenin Blanc and Syrah. Think Franschhoek and you’re kinda left wondering what the district’s signature variety is. However, as far as Clayton Reabow of Môreson is concerned, then Chardonnay must be up for consideration, this valley floor property having 15ha under vineyard, 98% of which is planted to Chardonnay, incorporating no less than 13 different clones.
Reabow’s Mercator Chardonnay 2017 is not what you might describe as dialed back, having undergone 100% malolactic fermentation and matured for 12 months in French oak, 40% new. On the nose, there is a hint of reduction before lots of lime and lemon and some floral perfume in the background. The palate displays pure fruit and punchy acidity before a savoury finish. It’s a dramatic wine that’s nevertheless balanced and flavourful and will appeal to those that feel that the current crop of Chardonnays are in danger of becoming too lean. Price: R270 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 93/100.
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