- White Wine
- Full Bodied
- 13% alc./vol
About the Winery
Radford Dale and The Winery of Good Hope are two brands made by the same people, in the same winery. The team behind these wineries has been an industry leader since the 1990s in chemical free farming, and more recently in low and no sulfur winemaking. They are a founding member of PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) which sets ethical, environmental and social uplift standards. Recognizing the social inequality present in South Africa Radford Dale has also set up a trust called Land of Hope to help facilitate bright futures for children, focusing heavily on education.
Alex Dale who owns and manages both projects is an Englishman who grew up spending summers in Burgundy, France. He moved there in his late teens to follow a passion for winemaking and also opened a wine bar in Beaune. He lived in Burgundy for many years before moving to South Africa in 1998, starting Radford Dale with Ben Radford, an Australian. The idea was to produce wines using modern techniques and technology with a healthy respect for tradition, something Alex came to understand well while living in Burgundy.
Wines are made with minimal intervention in order to best express each vineyard’s individuality.
With his background in Burgundy, Alex Dale has always known how to make good Chardonnay. This lightly wooded example, bottled under screwcap, has some peachy aromatics, but is driven by lemony acidity. Downy lees and some toasty spice complete the palate.
93 Points - Michael Godel
Never ever underestimate wines made from fruit grown anywhere in the vicinity of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. Radford Dale is a custodian of such land and winemaker Jacques de Klerk feels every grape, vine and vessel holding this sacred Western Cape fruit with every fibre of his Afrikaans being. The reductive intensity and locked in freshness of this chardonnay brings white pepper and wet granite stone to the fore; then the palate goes all gelid lemon and nectarine granita. Finally there is a biscuit not buttered but mildly truffled you can’t resist. Chenin? Well yes, but chardonnay! Drink 2020-2025. Tasted October 2020.