The Whitehall Chardonnay celebrates the legacy of site-selected vineyards. The grapes for this premium Chardonnay grew just down the road from the Whitehall farm from where Neil produced the first certified Sauvignon Blanc. The philosophy is to craft Chardonnay of great purity, reflecting site and the season in which it was grown.
THE 2020 VINTAGE of Neil Ellis’s Whitehall Chardonnay had only been on the market for a few months when it was included among the Top 4 in Winemag‘s 2021 South African Chardonnay Report. By the end of the year it had been Highly Recommended in Platter‘s SA Wine Guide, and after some more time in bottle it was considered 95+ on the international stage in 2022: gold medallist at the Decanter World Wine Awards (UK) and SA White Wine Trophy laureate at the IWC (UK). -Notes from Top Wine S A.
Decanter Tasting Notes: Opulent nose shows tart tatin, caramelized apples, and crème brûlée. An intensely tangy, sweet-sour palate with massive concentration offers Granny Smith apples, lemon curd, and riverbed pebbles, finishing with piercing acidity and a long, saline mineral finish. Wow!
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Attractive bouquet… lime, with nectarine, hazelnut and flinty mineral aromas… Remarkable concentration.
International Wine Challenge Tasting Notes: Pure, intense and refined… wouldn’t look out of place in the Côte de Beaune. Nuanced oak with patisserie and citrus peel flavours… lovely definition supported by chiselled acidity.