by Media Xpose

Announcing the latest edition to our reserves in the Haute Cabriére Range.

A pioneering Franschhoek wine estate, Haute Cabrière is renowned for its Cap Classique range and wines made from Burgundian grape varieties. Recently announced, the estate has extended its Chardonnay offering with the introduction of the Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Réserve with  the  maiden  2021  vintage.  This  is  an  exciting addition to the Haute Cabrière Range and the winery’s reserve wine collection which already hosts the Pinot Noir Réserve and Arnim Family Réserve (a Pinot Noir and Syrah blend).

According to Takuan von Arnim, now Director of Wine for Haute Cabrière, the Chardonnay Réserve extends Haute   Cabrière’s   offering   of   wines   grown   in   the Franschhoek appellation. “As a winery founded in Franschhoek four decades ago, Haute Cabrière is committed to expressing the uniqueness of the Franschhoek terroir and to further they valley’s reputation as one of the South Africa’s leading wine regions in terms of quality and provenance,” says von Arnim. “We have always been captivated by Chardonnay and its ability to viscerally capture the sense of the geographical place where it is grown. Our new Chardonnay Réserve is a particularly welcome addition to the Haute Cabrière Range of wines as its vineyards grow within full view of our mountainside winery.”


The grapes for the Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Réserve originate from two sites. The first is a vineyard planted in 1983 and the second is a block established in 2003. The vines are rooted in sandy loam soil which include silt and clay elements providing excellent drainage and a firm nutrient-bed for the vines’ roots.

Tim Hoek, now Haute Cabrière’s Cellarmaster, says that besides adding to the winery’s offering of top-quality Chardonnay, Haute Cabrière’s new Chardonnay Réserve underscores the quality of Franschhoek grapes.

“Our region barely constitutes one percent of South Africa’s  national  vineyards,  but  the  collective  aim  of Franschhoek’s wine cellars is to ensure that each glass of wine from the valley is of premium quality reflecting the region’s exceptional aspects,” says Hoek. “One of these characteristics is diversity – no two Franschhoek vineyards are alike. As Haute Cabrière’s maiden Chardonnay Réserve shows, each vineyard parcel in the region has distinct elements showing a unique fingerprint of excellence.”


Following  harvest  from  these  specially  selected  sites, grapes  were  sorted,  pressed,  and  fermentation  was completed with a “sauvage” yeast, a natural yeast that that has been isolated. With freshness and complexity regarded   as   characters   best   for   expressing   terroir through Chardonnay, Hoek says the wine is a result of two vastly different maturation components. “For depth of flavour and complexity, Chardonnay requires time in barrel,” he says. “A combination of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill French  oak  barrels  was  used  for  aging  60%  of  the Chardonnay for 11 months. The use of wood allows the wine  to  form  structure  and  palate  weight,  elements required to magnify the delicate fruit, floral and nutty characters for which the variety is known.”

The unwooded 40% element was kept in stainless steel tanks on its lees, for the same 11 months, before being blended    with    the    barrel-aged    component.    “The unwooded element brings added energy and brightness to  the  wine,  creating  a  Chardonnay  that  we  see  as  a precise  reflection  of  terroir  offering  the  myriad  of elements  and  features  which  mark  Chardonnay  as  a great  wine  grape,”  says  Hoek.  “The  Haute  Cabrière Chardonnay    Réserve    shows    zesty    citrus    notes complemented    by    an    austere    minerality    with persistence on the palate, depth and a lasting finish.”

The wine is absolutely ready for drinking now, but true to the character of fine Chardonnay, it will gain added complexity  and bring  further  flavour  elements  to  the fore if aged over the next five to 10 years. The wine is now available from Haute Cabrière’s cellar door, online store and select retails national wide.


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