Franschhoek is a near neighbour of Stellenbosch and as highly regarded for its defined and refined wines. Cool breezes in the hot summer months moderate growing conditions to produce ripe but balanced red and white wines. Chamonix is now one of Platter’s (“South Africa’s Parker”) regular 5 star award winners.
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm has a long history, once forming part of the historic Huguenot Estate which dates back to 1688. Now under the expertise of German-born entrepreneur Chris Hellinger, over the past two decades Chamonix has stormed onto the world stage as a well respected winery in its own right. The farm employs a number of sustainable practices, including the use of organic compost and mulch which is ploughed into the soil.
Whole bunches are hand-selected on sorting tables and fermented in stainless steel vats (maceration carbonique) at 24-28° C for 10 days on the skins. Partly dried grapes are added whole for a second fermentation between 1820° C for 10 days on the skins. After malolactic fermentation the wine of about 14% alcohol is matured for 18 months in 228l French oak barrels with 30% new wood.
Delicious with beef, game & poultry, as well as spicy foods and vegetables.