6th place for the Clos du Ciel, Longridge and 9th place for the Babylonstoren Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the SonntagsBlick Rating

Our colleagues from SonntagsBlick wanted to know once again and have undertaken an international comparison of the grape variety «Chardonnay». In the blind tasting, 45 Chardonnays from all over the world faced each other.

The SonntagasBlick has selected Swiss and international wines. To compose the 45 wines, they used 100 Parker points as a guide for the foreigners. The Swiss had all been pre-degustated. The wines had to be the current vintages (2017-2022). Blind tasting has a nine-member top jury with 2 Master of Wine.

Take a look at how the South Africans performed.

The Clos du Ciel from Longridge Winery (2017) in 6th place with 17.97 out of 20 points

SonntagsBlick writes: Waxy, mineral, yellow fruity, depth, power, well structured, melt, salty, nice acidity, has everything, long.


Killer Deal >6 bottles
Clos du Ciel – Organic Chardonnay – 2017
CHF 39.90 instead of CHF 65.00

5 Stars by Platter’s
96 Points by Falstaff
94 Points by Tim Atkin

Planted nearly 30 years ago by the legendary John Platter, Clos du Ciel, meaning «Heavenly Vineyard» has proven to produce an endlessly complex and unique, yet classic Chardonnay. Elegant stone fruits and citrus mingle with creamy oatmeal, light vanilla oak (30% new wood) and gentle aromatic spices for a seamless palate experience.

The 9th place for the Babylonstoren Chardonnay (2022) with 17.94 out of 20 points

SonntagsBlick writes: Restrained, bready, yeast, vanilla, deep, melting, creamy, rich, spicy, balanced, complex, butter, long.


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Chardonnay – 2022
CHF 29.90 instead of CHF 39.00

92 Points by Tim Atkin (2021)

An old world style Chardonnay with a fresh, fine-grained nose of quince, lime and vanilla. Elegant, supple structure with subtle citrus softened by a creamy texture and nutty complexity. Spicy mineral tones with fine intensity and balance; good focus and length with a refreshing finish.

KapWeine Tip

South Africa generally score with its wines with price/performance. The special terroir creates excellent wines of top quality. If you are looking for a high quality wine, you don’t have to dig deep into your pocket for South African wines. Already for a small price from CHF 10.00 you will get quality and high value for money.

The jury of the SonntagsBlick Blind Tasting: Paul Liversedge (56) was the second of now five Masters of Wine in Switzerland, Nicolas Greinacher (38) is wine editor at the Blick Group, holder of the Level 4 wine diploma, Lidwina Weh (47) is a trained sommelière and wine academic, Isabelle Thürlemann-Brigger (34) is a Swiss wine sommelière and is completing the WSET-4 course to become a wine expert, Caroline Dessort (49) is a wine academic, was a buyer at Coop for Bordeaux (Primeurs) and Burgundy, among other things, Adrian van Velsen (51) works in the advertising and media industry, came to wine 20 years ago, Michael Matthes (60) is deputy head of production of the Blick Group, Swiss wine sommelier, Ivan Barbic (55) is Master of Wine, i.e. holder of the world’s most important wine diploma, Alain Kunz (60) is editor of the Blick Group, member Mèmoire des Vin Suisse.

Article from  «SonntagsBlick», 18.06.2023

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