Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Lourensford Chrysalis White Blend

2020 Platinum Medal


Lourensford Lourensford Chrysalis White Blend
Dry White Blends (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) (8) Barrel fermented/barrel matured/wooded (staves, chips or wood rice) 2021


The wine is layered with fragrant aromas and exotic flavours. Lemon blossoms, wild daisies and fresh asparagus aromas first appear on the nose infused with nutmeg, butterscotch, white peach and pear aromas. With every sip more and more flavours are exposed hinting towards roasted pineapple, lemongrass and rooibos and ever so slightly wild buchu, saffron, ginger and also black truffles. There are hints of wood aged characters but no visible oak. It is a beautifully crafted and sophisticated wine with lots of mystery, layered flavours and rich finesse of balanced fruit and acidity with a long, lovely finish and lingering aftertaste. For best results this wine should be decanted 30 minutes – 1 hour before consumption. Serve this wine between 12 – 14 0C for best results.

It is a thought provoking wine that is best enjoyed on its own and with good company. It is a perfect aperitif wine but not an easy match for food as it likes to be treated with respect and true love to bring out the layered elegance and beauty. It is a sophisticated wine that likes simplistic, raw, fresh produce. It loves to be teased with a starter of fresh tomato and goat’s cheese or a very simple panzanella salad and would also do well with a warm lemon and thyme chicken dish served with steamed vegetables like parsnips, fennel or asparagus. The wine will cause an upset if you try to pare her with smoky, fried, toasted or grilled dishes. It does not like savoury food and red meat dishes and will not pair well with iodine rich food like oysters. Also be careful to pair it with green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and courgettes as they will over accentuate the wine’s herbaceous character. The wine is not fond of very rich food, however the food flavours will be amplified and taste good, the elegant fruit but the integrity of the wine will be totally overpowered and lost.