Durbanville Hills Chardonnay 2018

By , 16 January 2020



Fun in the sun.

Over the festive season, a lunch at The Brass Bell restaurant in Kalk Bay – exquisite setting, mediocre food and generally poor wine list, a classic case of the quality of a restaurant’s offering being inversely proportional to its proximity to the sea.

It was with relief that I noted the Chardonnay 2018 from Durbanville Hills, R69 a bottle from the cellar and R155 a bottle at the restaurant, this having previously rated 90 points in last year’s Prescient Chardonnay Report.

90% fermented in tank and 10% on staves, it’s an easy-going, very likeable drop. Lime, lemon and flowers on the nose, the palate light-bodied and linear – pure fruit, zesty acidity and a savoury finish. If only the hake and calamari combo had been more palatable…


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    Hennie C | 16 January 2020

    It takes a brave man to eat at the Brass Bell. In my experience, the best part of that restaurant is when you drive past it.

      Christian Eedes | 16 January 2020

      Our visit to the Brass Bell was a triumph of hope over experience. Our preferred family-friendly restaurant in the Deep South is Blue Water Cafe at Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie – decent grub and no corkage on wines bought at the well-stocked Old Cape Wine Shop in the same complex.

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