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Restless River ‘Ava Marie’ Chardonnay 2019


This Chardonnay bears the name of its vineyard, 2.06ha in size, and is registered as a single Vineyard. Slopes are south and east facing.Shallow top soils vary from iron rich rocks to a light sandy gravel. Below this is decomposed granite clay.

In our opinion among the top Chardonnays in South Africa – the tighness of palate and ease of power is exhilarating. Minimal new oak allows the site and vintage to shine through. Remarkable.

Christian Eedes: “On the nose, a hint of flinty reduction before citrus, almond and leesy complexity while the palate shows great fruit concentration without being too weighty or thick-textured. The fruit is pure but there is already remarkable detail, the wine possessing a silky feel in the mouth, the finish super-dry. Matured for 11 months in mainly 500-litre barrels, some 10% new. Alcohol: 13%.

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Restless River is synonymous with authentic, elegant wine. Craig and Anne Wessels own and run this small family estate in the cool Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Craig is committed to absolute site expression and a minimalist approach. Each vineyard on their farm is registered as a Single Vineyard and the wines are named after the vineyards.

Being terroir driven, the focus is on 100% single varietal wine: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also occasionally release a wine called Wanderlust – which changes every year and lays outside the core tenants of Restless River.







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