Oldenburg Vineyards

Oldenburg Vineyards Chardonnay 2022

Stellenbosch, South Africa

100% Chardonnay | 13.5% ABV


Discover this South African white wine made from 100% Chardonnay grapes in the Stellenbosch region. This wine typically shows off aromatic yellow-citrus characters of
lemon and grapefruit underscored by subtle oak vanilla and caramel components. The palate is rich and concentrated with crisp acidity, juiciness and an enduring aftertaste.

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The wine displays a golden hue in the glass. On the nose, a flintiness is detectable among inviting aromas of peaches, honey melon, apricots and freshly baked brioche.

The palate complements the aromas with exceptionally vibrant quince, papaya, ginger and loquat. Vibrant acidity and an exceptional mouth-feel gives a long and satisfying finish.

Service: Enjoy slightly chilled at 11°C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with cheese, fish, pork, poultry, spice and vegetarian dishes.

Winemaker Nic van Aarde joined the winery in 2018. A business and commerce graduate turned winemaker, Nic has an extensive record of successful harvests across the globe, spanning regions such as New Zealand, France, Australia and California. Residing on the farm alongside his wife and two daughters, he has an in-depth understanding of the terroir, the distinct vineyard blocks, and the unique manner in which the valley influences the character and quality of the wines produced.

“My mission is to ‘let the terroir talk’ by allowing our mysterious site to fully show and express itself. This is achieved by picking the grapes at optimal ripeness, minimal manipulation in the cellar and gentle extraction to produce balanced, elegant wines” says Nic.

Situated in an elevated valley of outstanding beauty, the 30 hectare Oldenburg Vineyards is surrounded by a spectacular mountain amphitheatre, only 8 kilometres from Stellenbosch on the road to Franschhoek. At the heart of the farm lies Rondekop – the iconic, round hill which influences the vineyards planted on and around it, creating an extraordinary terroir. The location benefits from the confluence of 8 natural elements allowing the team to make wines that truly reflect their Place.

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Oldenburg Vineyards, situated in the Banghoek Valley near Stellenbosch, South Africa, demonstrates a commitment to sustainability through their unique approach to winemaking and deep understanding of the terroir. The winery emphasises the importance of allowing the terroir to express itself, achieved through optimal grape ripeness, minimal cellar manipulation, and gentle extraction. They are also practising organic viticulture, although they are not certified, and do not use any animal products, making their wines vegan-friendly (uncertified). Their vineyards are strategically placed in an elevated position in the mountains, benefiting from natural elements that contribute to a unique climate, referred to as "The 8 Elements." Oldenburg Vineyards values the quality of their wines and the protection of their environment. They take pride in their ancient soils, which provide water retention and deep root penetration. With a focus on natural processes and respect for the land, their aim is to produce exceptional, balanced, and elegant wines. The winery's mission is encapsulated in their dedication to creating "Exceptional Wines from an Extraordinary Place," reflecting their commitment to sustainability and the preservation of their remarkable terroir.

White | Dry | Still | 75cl | 13.5% ABV

2021 - Gold medal (97 points), Investec International Judges’ Trophy: 2022 Trophy Wine Show

Cellaring: Drinking well now, will develop in next 15 years.

Vinification: The Banghoek valley in general – and Oldenburg in particular – provide exceptional conditions for growing superb quality Chardonnay. Grapes for the 2020 vintage come from two sites – one with rich, alluvial soils and another with weathered Table Mountain sandstone. These uniquely different sites contribute to the overall complexity of the wines. Spontaneous fermentation took two months to complete, whereafter the wine spent 10 months maturing in 228 L French oak barrels.

  • Organic - Practising (Uncertified)
  • Vegan - Practising (Uncertified)

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