Elgin Chardonnay 2020

Lothian Vineyards

Excel download

View All Vintages of this Wine

Units Size Case size GBP Price: Quantities Buy
24 75cl Bottle Case 6 £135 per Case Cases [Add to shopping basket]
Tasting Notes

Full bottle 1,457 g. Vines planted in 2005 on Table Mountain sandstone. From six south- and east-facing blocks. 280 h. Fermentation started spontaneously in stainless steel. 11 months in burgundy oak barrels and 12 months in bottle. RS 2.4 g/l, TA 7 g/l, pH 3.22. Tasting this at the tail end of a very interesting mini vertical of Lothian Rieslings, the thing that most struck me is how Riesling-like their Chardonnay is! Breathtakingly high acidity, smoke and limes, race and tension so strung wire to wire that it feels as if the wine might snap in your mouth, into a million tiny shards. And then, just towards the end, the wine relents: apricots and cream, warm almonds, pistachios. You could drink this now, but personally I'd give it another two or three years in bottle. (TC)

Score: 16+

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2023-2028 05 January 2023

The entry is surprisingly bracing. The fine acidic backbone that gives this wine a lively tension asserts itself immediately. Flavours of yellow citrus, pineapple and nectarines come to the fore. Wood is noted but it is very much in the background. It provides a fragrant base and some texture to the mid palate. This wine has good length and all the while the flavours change in the mouth, the acid stands guard ensuring a very clean finish.

Score: 92

Tim Atkin MW, Decanter.com 01 January 2023