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Located in the southeastern corner of Paarl in South Africa's Western Cape region, the Franschhoek Valley is ideally suited for grape cultivation. Its warm climate tempered by cooling mountain breezes and combination of alluvial sandstone and sandy topsoil bring forth wines that are fruit-driven, complex and age-worthy. Franschhoek's current status as an "off the beaten path" destination means that its wines do not command the high prices of its more well-known peers.
Chamonix Wine Farm is nestled against Mont Rochelle, deep within the rich wine-growing valley of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Formerly part of the historic La Cotte granted to the Huguenots in 1688, Chamonix today comprises some 750 acres. German-born Chris Hellinger purchased the farm in the early 1990s when it was predominantly an export fruit farm. With tenacity and vigor, he initiated a replanting program, steadily replacing fruit trees with noble French grape varieties. An underground cellar was built drawing upon Hellinger’s engineering background and old-world principles. An underground passage leads through the cellar up into the Blacksmith’s Cottage, built in the late 1700s, which now houses the tasting room. (from importer notes)
Today's wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir from 12-16-year old vines on a 2.5-hectare vineyard that is situated1400 feet above sea level and has excellent sun exposure. After a 14-day open vat fermentation, the wine is aged for 16 months in 228L French oak barrels, 30% of which are new. Its bright red color foreshadows complex aromas of wild berries, cherries, and violets. The palate is medium-bodied and silky; those berries and cherries make a lustrous appearance here, along with sweet baking spices and subtle hints of vanilla and herbs.
Producer Name: Chamonix
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Grape Varietals: Pinot Noir
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Medium Body Red
Winemaker: Niel Bruwer
Pack/Size: 6/750 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Glass Burgundy Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork