Hailing from the Polkadraai region, this signature blend takes the lead from Merlot while harmonising classic Bordeaux varieties with Shiraz and Sangiovese. The result is an intriguingly vibrant wine that lingers on the palate, capable of ageing for another 8 to 10 years.
93 pts Tim Atkin Mw 2022
Made with Polkadraai Hills grapes, supported by a much smaller contribution from the Helderberg, Petri Venter’s red is an unusual blend of Merlot with 62% Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sangiovese. Aged 10% new wood, with older barrel, foudre and cement components, it’s leafy, fine and well-structured, with cinnamon-scented oak, silky tannins and layers of plum, blackberry and capsicum. 2023-29
4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Hedgegrow fruit, spice & cocoa on 19 (91 pts) blend of 3 Bordeaux varieties, splashes syrah & sangiovese. Harmonious, lithe & rewarding, meticulous & restrained 2 –year maturation, half in small barells & larger foudres, 10% new, rest in concrete. Elegant & long.
90 pts Wine Advocate July 2023
Composed of 38% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Shiraz and 2% Sangiovese, the 2019 Le Chant Rouge begins with a red-fruited and dusty nose with cherry skins and plums before herbs and spice waft from the glass. Medium-bodied, the wine expresses a floral and spicy lift before showing a balanced structure. The wine concludes with a balanced and succulent finish. Enjoy with food. It will remain food friendly for a half decade more.
A wine partnership forged by proprietors from two proud wine producing nations. French flair and South African determination have long been intertwined in the fabric of the Cape, a camaraderie spanning centuries, each contributing to the rich and respected fine wine legacy of South Africa.
Le Chant embodies this enduring wine relationship, marrying Old World heritage with the contemporary New World. Our mutual efforts are etched by passion to bring forth exceptional wines which are classical, distinctive and pure.
Between False Bay and the vineyards of Le Chant, lie only gently rolling hills– nothing to impede the progress of the sea breezes inland. The vineyard aspect, most south-west, means that our vineyards receive the full benefit of the breezes’ cooling nature. This influence allows the vineyards to be farmed according to organic principles.
This signature blend from the Polkadraai is Merlot dominant and marries traditional Bordeaux varietals with Shiraz and Sangiovese. The outcome is a wine of intriguing character, that is vibrant on the palate and exudes finesse. This elegance is complimented by fresh floral notes on the nose, subtle underlying red berries, with spice coming to the fore as the wine enjoys time in the glass