Hasher Marimist Chardonnay 2022

By , 4 January 2024



Upper Hemel-en-Aarde property Sumaridge was acquired by Belgian couple Céline Haspeslagh and Frederik Herten in 2021 and renamed Hasher Family Estate. New vineyards have been planted while Natasha Williams came across from Bosman Family Vineyards as winemaker in the middle of last year, Hannes Storm of Storm Wines acting as advisor.

The currently available Marimist Chardonnay 2022 is workmanlike. Maturation lasted nine months, 70% in 228-litre barrels of which 20% was new, and the other 30% in stainless steel tank, 70% malolactic fermentation completed.

Lemon, vanilla and baking spice on the nose while the palate has a creamy texture and moderate acidity, the finish nicely dry. Sound enough but work to be done if the Haspeslagh-Hertens want to grow their reputational standing. Price: R435 a bottle.

CE’s rating: 90/100.

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    PK | 4 January 2024


    Excited to see where this project is going. To be honest Sumaridge always shot well short of what it should have been especially going by their illustrious neighbours. Always a bit confusing. Bit like being based in Vosne-Romanée and producing sub-par Pinot… theres no excuses but for the chef in the kitchen or the owners of the establishment, as the produce is world class.

    Give them time and I am sure Natasha growing into her role and the vineyards getting dialled in, this will become another world beater!

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