Bartinney Chardonnay, 2016, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Made on a mountain. These vines are but a wispy cloud away from heaven.
The winged figure on the label represents elevage, this is a French term is used to describe a wine's progression from fermentation to bottling. Literally, it means to raise or elevate and to bring out the noble traits. That is exactly what Bartinney have done with this Chardonnay. This is elevated Chardonnay from elevated vineyards (400-550m above sea level).
Established in 1912, Bartinney has been in the Jordaan family since 1953. Now Michael and Rose Jordaan tend to the 28-hectare farm, with a vision to create excellent wines and reawaken the charm of the historic land. And charming is right: perched on the dramatic slopes of Botmaskop alongside the Helshoogte Pass, overlooking the picturesque Banhoek Valley in Stellenbosch. Google it if you want to feel disappointed in the view from your own front window.