News and Events: DURBANVILLE HILLS’ recognised by renowned INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT

Durbanville Hills’ Rhinofields Chardonnay 2014 vintage has been awarded a Medal of Excellence after it received an exceptional 90 points out of a possible 100 in the annual 2016 South Africa Special Report. Renowned British journalist and Master of Wine, Tim Atkin released his fourth annual South Africa report after sampling nearly 1400 South African wines during his visit to the region in March and July 2016.

This award is the latest in a stellar career for the Chardonnay, which was last year awarded Gold Medals in both the Berliner Wein Trophy Awards and in the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards. Martin Moore, cellar master at Durbanville Hills, says that the 2014 Rhinofields Chardonnay is a superb wine and believes that their technique of rolling the barrels has contributed to the vast complexity of the wine.

“The wine was matured for ten months in new and second fill barrels, where it was rolled every fortnight to enhance exposure to the lees. This technique creates a deliciously creamy texture to the wine and ensures a seamless integration with oak. We believe that a Chardonnay should never be overpowered by wood, and, due to the gentler approach taken with our Rhinofields Chardonnay, the wine is medium-bodied with well-integrated wood and ripe citrus followed through from the nose, ending with a lingering elegance on the palate.”

He says that the wine’s aromas of citrus, marmalade, nutmeg and dried apricot on the nose make it versatile for an array of dishes. “In particular it is an exceptional pairing partner to Thai, Mediterranean, Italian and Mexican dishes.”

The Rhinofields reserve range of wines is named after the indigenous Cape renosterveld growing close to the Durbanville Hills cellar. Durbanville Hills and its member farms preserve 320 ha of this highly threatened vegetation.

“This latest accolade will not only raise awareness of the excellent quality and innovation of Durbanville Hills, but also reaffirm South Africa’s status as one of the most exciting and dynamic wine countries in the world,” concludes Moore.

The 2014 Rhinofields Chardonnay is available from fine wine shops and Durbanville Hills cellar for approximately R110 per bottle. Visit for more information or to purchase the 2014 Rhinofields Chardonnay.


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