Durbanville Hills Chardonnay 2018
By Christian Eedes, 16 January 2020
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…