Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Lourensford Limited Release Chardonnay

2021 Gold Medal


Lourensford Lourensford Limited Release Chardonnay
Dry Chardonnay (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) () Barrel fermented/barrel matured/wooded (staves, chips or wood rice) 2021 and older


The wine has intense ripe pineapple and melon flavours on the nose. It is supported with white peach, apricot and hints of jasmine, lemongrass and ginger. Voluptuous butterscotch, orange peel, roasted cashew nuts and hints of vanilla flavours in the wine reminds of a wet pine forest floor in autumn. The wine has a brilliant linear acidity and dominant dense mineral core with layered sweetness and balanced acidity due to the natural fermentation. The roundness on the pallet and a beautifully integrated texture with flavours of orange blossom and lemony zest supported by a creamy finish coats your mouth and make you want to spend more time in the presence of this big wine.

The wine can match up to strongly flavoured food such as duck ả l’ orange and rich sauces, such as a walnut or hollandaise sauce, provided that it is not too lemony. It is particularly good with crayfish thermidor or smoked haddock in a creamy, saffron sauce. It is equally good with salmon (fresh or smoked), scallops, crabs and with fish, seafood or corn chowders enriched with egg yolk and cream. If you’re feeling extravagant, try the wondrous combination of a crab risotto topped with truffle shavings. If you feel slightly less extravagant, or just prefer meat, go for a blanquette de veau, which mirrors the wine’s creamy complexity exactly or lemon thyme roasted chicken with root vegetables.