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Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2021

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Restless River is synonymous with authentic, elegant wine. Craig and Anne Wessels own and run this small family estate in the cool Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Craig is committed to absolute site expression and a minimalist approach. Each vineyard on their farm is registered as a Single Vineyard and the wines are named after the vineyards.

Being terroir driven, the focus is on 100% single varietal wine: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also occasionally release a wine called Wanderlust – which changes every year and lays outside the core tenets of Restless River.


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Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2021


Registered Single Vineyard, 24 years old.

• Oldest Chardonnay vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde.

• Granite-based, rocky topsoil, heavy clay subsoil.

• Mid slopes, 260m altitude, south facing.

Winemaking and Maturation

Hand harvested in small batches from 10 Feb to 05 March.

• Whole bunch pressed.

• Oxidised juice.

• Natural approach; no additives, natural fermentation, no artificial cooling.

• Fermented and aged in barrels and amphora, on lees.

• 500L French oak barrels, 10% new.

• 10% unlined Tuscan terracotta amphora.

The wine is only released after 12 months in barrel, a further three months in tank and 18 months in bottle.

Tasting Notes

The striking quality of this chardonnay is elegance. The nose is classic old-world, with lime, white pear, apple blossom and a hint of struck flint. Fruit and acidity are in perfect harmony, framed by a subtle use of seamlessly integrated French oak, only 10% new. The wine is refined, vibrant and pure with a salty minerality and a long, intense and focused finish.

Technical Details

Composition: Chardonnay

ANALYSIS: Alc. 12.6 TA: 6.36 pH: 3.24 RS: 1.4 Total S02: 52







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