Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2016
- Rated 3.5 stars
- Very Good
- Coastal Region
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: August 1, 2018
- Last modified: August 1, 2018
The 1685 in the name refers to the date this winery was founded, and today Boschendal is one of the grandest, largest estates on the Cape. Shining with bright lemon curd, this Chardonnay was selected from Stellenbosch, Elgin and Boschendal farm in Franschhoek. Grapes were whole bunch pressed and cold settled for 2 days before some of the puffy solids were added back into the clear juice. It then underwent partial natural fermentation in 30% stainless and 70% French oak (12% new), where it remained on primary lees for 10 months. Regular battonage amped up the mouthful of this creamy wine, one already generous with wood. Thankfully there is a tight backbone of lemon and stones to right this and keep it from feeling too fat. Green apple, wood spice, and the ever present zippy citrus hold this aloft, to a warming finish. Great value for a fresh, lightly oaked Chardy.