Wine of the month: Baleia Inge Chardonnay 2014

Alwyn van der Merwe, Director of Investments of Sanlam Private Wealth discovers that top-rated wines are often produced in areas not traditionally associated with classic wines and winemaking – the Baleia Inge Chardonnay 2014 being a case in point.

The grapes for the Baleia Inge Chardonnay 2014 come from the farm Dassieklip, originally a grain and sheep farm, in the Riversdal district in the Southern Cape. The Joubert family, which has been farming in the area since the 1900s, started out as pioneers in the cultivation of vineyards in the district, and Dassieklip remains the only wine-producing farm in that region.

Factors that contributed to the farm’s shift in focus to winemaking and the cultivation of olives include its close proximity to the ocean, the limestone-rich soil and the region’s ideal climate. Jan-Hendrik Joubert and his father, Fanie, planted the first blocks of pinot noir, shiraz and tempranillo in 2009, followed by chardonnay and sauvignon blanc in 2010. In 2011, they decided to focus specifically on pinot noir and chardonnay, calling their venture Baleia Wines.

The Baleia Inge Chardonnay 2014 still looks youthful in the glass. The nose is attractive with a combination of butterscotch and toffee, and a hint of citrus on the nose that adds to the complexity. The palate is a repeat of the primary flavours on the nose. There is still enough acidity present that fills out the mid-palate.

The few years in the bottle undoubtedly add to the roundness of the wine. The oak is well integrated and if anything adds toastiness, which enhances the lingering aftertaste.

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

Sanlam Private Wealth clients can purchase the Baleia Inge Chardonnay 2014 for a special price of R175.50 per bottle (retail price R195).

The offer is open exclusively to SPW clients, and includes a free wine tasting and cellar tour.

All wine offers expire after 30 days. Free delivery across South Africa (main centres) for orders valued at R1 000 or more. Subject to availability.

For more information, visit www.baleiawines.com