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Cavalli Chardonnay Reserve 2022

Cavalli Chardonnay Reserve 2022


Notes of lime, orange and nectarine underpin a unique tropical hint of pineapple and mango. The oak is well integrated on the palate, showing as a delicate spice and vanilla, complemented by the tangier taste of lime on the palate. Some buttery brioche adds to the body and mid-palate of the wine, creating a multi-layered taste that is both complex but fresh and enjoyable.


SKU: CAV-002
Alcohol Volume: 13%
Sugar G/L: 1.4g/L
Type of wine: White Wine
Cultivar: Chardonnay
Food Pairing: Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Vegetables

More Information

In the cellar

The juice was sent to barrel and inoculated in three separate batches. Fermentation was completed in barrel and the wine kept on its lees until bottling.The wine remained in 225L French oak barrels on its lees for 10 months before blending, of which 25% were first fill barrels. The barrels were battonaged monthly. During this time 50% malolactic fermentation took place, offering a delicate buttery character and roundness to the mouthfeel, while the remaining malic acid helps to keep a fresh bright acidity.

In the vineyard

Grapes were hand-picked in the early morning at Cavalli in three separate pickings. Grapes were wholebunch pressed and settled overnight to achieve good clarity of juice. Winter 2021 brought sufficient cold and rainfall to ensure even, healthy budbreak in spring, just slightly later than usual. The good health and reserve status of the vines lead to vigorous growth and much effort was made by the vineyard team to maintain balanced canopies with sufficient light penetration and air movement. January saw four very hot weekends in succession that sped up veraison, but the remainder of the ripening season was relatively slow and cool, leading to good colour and flavour development but low acids and high pHs. This cool weather and sporadic rainfall heightened the risk of fungal diseases so the labour was kept exceptionally busy maintaining our spray program, opening up bunch zones for air flow and removing any diseased bunches by hand. The red cultivars were allowed extra hang time though March, giving them fantastic colour and phenolic development, despite weathering a 17mm downpour in early March.Yields were 20% up on 2021, but 16% down on the blockbuster 2020 crop. All in all, the 2022 vintage shows excellent flavours and structure, but the biggest challenges were certainly disease and pH management. The vineyard and cellar teams navigated these obstacles well and I expect that they will be very proud of the products of their fantastic work this vintage.


This wine has some ageing potential and can be aged for three to five years, provided it is kept in the proper and appropriate conditions.



Food Pairing

This wine pairs beautifully with almost anything with a creamy sauce - a good fish pie, for example, or chicken with a cream and mushroom sauce. It is also a divine companion to richer fish dishes such as salmon, scallops and crayfish. You won't be disappointed if you serve this wine with roast chicken, pork belly (especially with apple sauce), roasted root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and sweet potatoes Roast butternut squash.

Awards and Recognition

Gold Medal 2021 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards
Rated 96/100 at
Placed in the Top Ten Prescient at
Best of Category 2021 at
Rated 92/100 at Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2021
Achieved Gold Status at Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2021

91/100 Tim Atkin 2023

About the Wine Estate

Cavalli Estate has quickly become a recognised and respected South African ‘lifestyle’ experience with the estate’s development on the R44 being widely regarded as a significant event for Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands, and has established itself as premier location for visitors seeking a sophisticated South African winelands ‘lifestyle’ experience. As a ‘destination brand’ renowned for its wine, cuisine, design, architecture, indigenous landscaping and art, Cavalli has developed a loyal following of discerning patrons. The estate encompasses 100 Hectares of prime property located in the prestigious Helderberg region of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Comprising 26 Hectares of Vineyards, 10 Hectares of Indigenous Gardens, 10 Hectares of Manicured paddocks attached to a World Class Equestrian Indoor Arena, followed by a 3300 square metre public building facility which houses a 100 seater Restaurant, 350 seater Banqueting facility, 600 square metre Retail Art Gallery, Luxury Boutique and Wine Tasting Facility. A must visit on your next trip to the Stellenbosch Winelands.

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