4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Majestic 19 (94 pts) has irresistible white flower, citrus & honey aromas, taut white grapefruit flavours & a mineral core. Elegant oak (20% new) adds subtle cream & vanilla. Delicious in youth, take care not to over-age.
91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
Very much in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge style, with freshness and balance its calling cards, this 20% new wood-fermented Chardonnay is leesy and subtle, with floral elegance and real zip and palate length. La Vierge is a winery to watch under Chriso Kotze. 2021-24
Winemag.co.za 2020 Prescient Chardonnay Report
Matured for eight months in 500-litre barrels, 20% new. A leesy note precedes lemon, orange and oatmeal on the nose while the palate is rich and round, creamy in texture and the tangy acidity nicely integrated. This is full but balanced, the finish long and savoury.
This offering produced from shy-bearing vineyards that are situated on Babylon Farm in the Ward of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay. The wine, a clear and true reflection of the potential of the unique soils and maritime site situated in the hills above Hermanus, is released a year after vintage as a prime example of maritime influenced Chardonnay.
The profile of this wine is based on the vines planted on a variation of Shale and Clay based soils. The wine therefore expresses the zip and texture of the clay on the palate and aromatic lime, white floral and stone fruit, mineral character on the nose. Enjoy now or allow to age for maximum result and enjoyment.