2017 Julien Schaal Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay, Elgin
Susan met Julien Schaal several years ago and has followed his wines ever since. Born and bred in Alsace where he also makes wine, Julien worked for Bouchard-Finlayson in South Africa for two years before buying his own grapes and renting winery space at Paul Cluver's estate in Elgin. The wines do have a French elegance to them and this is their secret. The Chardonnay has a Burgundian character while the Syrah is very Rhone-like which, at these prices, make them great value for money.