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Durbanville Hills Chardonnay Named in World Top 10

Wineries of the CapeDurbanville Hills‘ 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay has made the 2014 Chardonnay du Monde top 10 list.

The list, decided at the Chardonnay du Monde in France, names the 10 best Chardonnays from around the world. A panel of judges tasted 794 wines from 40 countries. The Durbanville Hills wine shares top position with wines from France, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Australia and Spain.

The Cape is one of the great wine capitals of the world, with breathtaking scenery and legendary vineyards. Wineries of the Cape: The essential companion to touring the Winelands, by Lindsaye McGregor, a long-time contributor to Platter’s Wine Guide, is an indispensable companion to the area.

Durbanville Hills cellar master Martin Moore explains how the 2012 Rhinofields Chardonnay was created:

We follow a much gentler approach with our Rhinofields Chardonnay and believe that a Chardonnay should never be overpowered by wood. To ensure a seamless integration between oak and fruit we ferment and mature 60 percent of the wine in stainless steel tanks over a 12-month period. The other 40 percent spends the same amount of time in French oak barrels. We roll these instead of stirring the lees in the conventional manner.

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