Planted almost 30 years ago by the legendary John Platter, Clos du Ciel, which means “Heavenly Vineyard”, has proven to produce a unique but classic Chardonnay. Quoting Christian Eedes: “Winemaker Jasper Raats refers to the wine as ‘African traditional’ – he works biodynamically with a view to being ‘terroir-driven.’ ”.
Citronella and lemongrass aromatics envelop more subtle primary fruit that include peach skin and naartjie peel. Then also hints of vanilla, baked apple, marzipan and honey. The palate possesses verve and savoury grip, with elements of crushed river pebble, rock salt and flint, but also a grainy, pithy textural element akin to walnut and hard pear. There is real weight and mouth-filling substance, even at 12,5% ABV with complexity gained from lees contact and completely integrated oak. Bone dry, savoury finish. – Higgo Jacobs, wine critic.