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Julien Schaal ‘Mountain Vineyards’ Chardonnay 2020


The grapes come from two vineyards.
One from Elgin – The Cape’s coolest viticultural area and has a unique climate and topography, consisting of an upland basin plateau, surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. The Terroir is very stony and mixed with red clay.
Second from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde. The soil is predominantly Malmesbury Shale (a duplex structure). The top layer consists of a mixture of clay (15-30%) and gravel (ironstone and granite particles) and the lower layer is clay shale, which secures a source of moisture. The valley is surrounded and sheltered by a mountain barrier, formed by Galpin Peak (810 meters) and the Tower of Babel (1200 meters), which traps the cloud cover and moisture brought in from the sea by the prevailing wind.

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These are South African wines, via French hands. Julien and his wife Sophie live and make delicious Riesling in Alsace, France in the village of Saint-Hippolyte in the Colmar region. Julien’s wines show elegance while remaining concentrated and are true to both origin and cultivar.







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