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Lismore Chardonnay Estate Reserve
Lismore Estate Vineyards
South Africa - Western Cape - Greyton

A careful selection of the best of the vintage that exemplifies the extraordinary terroir of Lismore. This Reserve Chardonnay shows intense citrus, stone fruit, jasmine and walnut layered with honey and vanilla carried by a distinct minerality and crisp acidity with a lingering citrus finish.

Wine Made in the Soil
The vineyards are planted in decomposed shale over clay at 300 meters in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. A low mean February temperature lends to an extended ripening period that can put harvest 3-4 weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa. The intense citrus notes and the lingering finish are consistent trademarks of Lismore's specific terroir. The restrained minerality of the Chardonnay is a clear indication of the cool climate in which it is grown.

Wine of Origin "Greyton" has been designated by SAWIS recognizing the special terroir of this region.

Specifications
Appellation
Greyton
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Chardonnay
Age of vines
15 years
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
decomposed shale over clay
Vinification
The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 600 liters per ton. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and was racked into 500 liter Burgundian barrels for fermentation and 11 months of maturation. 100% Spontaneous (natural) yeasts were allowed for fermentation. 33% new French oak.
Pairings

Delightful with warm curries which lift the aromatics or a traditional pairing of smoked salmon highlighting the fresh acidity.

Reviews and News

2018 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 95 PTS - TA

2018 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Sam O'Keefe's Reserve bottling all comes from her picturesque estate in Greyton and is an impressive wine in 2018. The wood is better integrated than it was in the previous release, possibly because of the use of 40% malolactic fermentation. Citrus, pear and passion fruit flavors are supported by minerality, stony acidity and subtle wood spices. Delicious. 2019-25 Greyton (13.5%)"
- Tim Atkin (South Africa 2020 Special Report), 95 pts

2018 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 94 PTS - VINOUS

2018 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 94 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2018 Estate Reserve Chardonnay is aged for 11 months in 500-liter barrels, 30% new oak. It has a little more amplitude on the nose compared to the 2017 Chardonnay, and its aromas of citrus fruit, wet limestone and orange zest unfold gently. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity that cuts through the intense orange zest, apricot and white peach fruit. This is taut and wonderfully focused with just the right amount of salinity on the finish. Outstanding. - Neal Martin"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2019), 94 pts

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2017 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 95 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 95 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"The 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay was matured in 500-liter barrels using 40% new oak. It has quite a powerful bouquet of crushed stone, yellow stone fruit, jasmine and light walnut aromas that are very well defined, although it clearly needs a couple of years to absorb the oak. The palate is very precise on the entry, displaying notes of orange zest (veering toward blood orange), quince and nectarine. This has wonderful acidity and great build in the mouth toward a very impressive, almost Corton-Charlemagne-like finish. This will be outstanding once it reaches the peak of maturity. - Neal Martin"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (August 2018), 94 pts

2017 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 94 PTS - WA

2017 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 94 PTS - WA

wa"On the nose, the 2017 Estate Reserve Chardonnay has elegant, luscious red apples, lemon and pear tart and seductive floral notes of cherry blossom. It has excellent mouthfeel with perfect mid-palate weight and balance and elegant Chardonnay expression. The 35% new oak is harmoniously integrated and not heavy handed or overdone and it finishes long. This is beautiful and complex like Chassagne-Montrachet. Yes, this is tasty and collectible stuff! Stock your cellars now as these bottles won't last long. - Anthony Mueller"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #245, October 2019), 94 pts

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2017 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 92 PTS - WE

2017 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"This is medium-rich in aroma, with tones of ripe mango, baked pear and caramelized pineapple atop a ripe apple core. The palate shows great overall balance, with pronounced verve in the lifted lime and orange tones and lingering vibrancy thanks to the bright acidity. The finish is medium-plus in length, with some soft spice on the back that grows in intensity with each sip.- LAUREN BUZZEO"

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (April 2020), 92 pts

2016 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 95 PTS - TA

2016 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 95 PTS - TA

tim atkin logo 250"Bravo to Lismore for the quality of this first Reserve Chardonnay, all made with fruit from the farm in Greyton. This has sufficient power and concentration to cope with the 40% new wood, supported by acidity and real focus. Sappy, structured and intense, with classic, quasi-Burgundian notes of struck match. 2018-23. - Tim Atkin"
- Tim Atkin (South Africa Report 2017), 93 pts

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2016 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 93 PTS - IWR

2016 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 93 PTS - IWR

iwinereview"Medium straw. Introduced by scents of flint, green citrus and underripe mango, the estate Chardonnay Reserve is Lismore’s icon wine. It’s mineral rich and focused with an incredibly pure, silky mouth feel and vibrant acidity. A great Chardonnay! Made with natural yeast and matured 11 months in 500L French oak, 40% new."
- International Wine Review (February 2018), 93 pts

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2016 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 17.5/20 PTS - JR

2016 Lismore Reserve Chardonnay - 17.5/20 PTS - JR

jancis robinson logo"First vintage of this wine, 40% new 500-litre barrels. A new departure as she prefers neutral oak.
The oak is more evident on the nose but it actually smells seductively delicious, not at all over-oaked. On the palate, an oatmeal richness. Has that lovely clementine fragrance of Meursault and a deep but dry texture. Definitely grand cru stuffing here. Needs longer in bottle for the richness and the acidity to marry more fully. Drink 2020-2026"
- Jancis Robison, "New Wave South Africa tasting" (October 2017)

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Producer Information: Lismore Estate Vineyards

Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa is Lismore Estate Vineyards. It is here, in the Greyton area, that Californian Samantha O'Keefe found ...
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