Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2008, Stellenbosch
About the Producer
Situated in the hills just outside Stellenbosch lies Mulderbosch Vineyards, which is widely accepted to be one of the best wine white wine producers in South Africa. As a member of the Biodiversity...Read More
Situated in the hills just outside Stellenbosch lies Mulderbosch Vineyards, which is widely accepted to be one of the best wine white wine producers in South Africa. As a member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, working in harmony with nature is central to the philosophy of the estate. Winemaker Adam Mason, originally from Johannesburg, joined Mulderbosch in November 2011 with 8 years of experience at Klein Constania, prior to which he spent six years abroad.
Historically a dilapidated farm when purchased in 1989, the buildings were completely renovated and the first vines were planted shortly after. Today, Mulderbosch produce around 45,000 cases per year. Located in the Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch, the vineyards benefit from a wind tunnel effect, which cools the vineyards during the long, hot summers. Essentially a mediterranean climate, their proximity to the coast benefits the vineyards with the gentle sea breezes. The temperature drops considerably at night, cooling the grapes and preserving the aromatics and acids. A hallmark of all their wines is the ability to age remarkably well, especially the premium wines, which are produced in limited quantities. Chenin Blanc is their flagship wine, and the Mulderbosch philosophy has always been an insistance on quality at the expense of quantity, which is born out by the sheer excellence of their wines and their well-earned reputation as one of the country's finest estates.
This historic region is the hub of the South African wine making scene, the main viticulturists, Viticultural Research Institute, Wine & Spirit Board and most of the commercial wholesalers are to be found here. Established in 1679 the region is probably best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage, Stellenbosch also produces some excellent whites, Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays. Less irrigated than some of the inland regions, and with a climate tempered by the Atlantic, a few km away, Stellenbosch has a range of soil types and sites and is the source of about 16% of the country's production.