At Môreson Wines we are committed to growing and producing world class Chardonnay.
Môreson Mercator Premium Chardonnay 2014 recently took home five-stars in the annual Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide and is officially recognised as one of the very best Chardonnays in South Africa. Read more about that here.
All of the Chardonnay wines produced are grown exclusively on our estate. Currently we grow just over 20 hectares of Chardonnay with a focus on producing wines that not only express our distinct sense of place but also wines that convey the character profiles of each individual clone.
What are clones of Chardonnay you may ask?
Clones are deliberate selections of grapevines that exhibit desirable traits such as:
Currently we boast the most Chardonnay clones planted for a single producer in South Africa. We grow 14 various Chardonnay clones that have been selected for their ability to express unique aromatic and palate profiles. Some clones are sparkling wine specific while others are still wine specific. In certain cases, you obtain dual clones, which can be used for both sparkling wine and still wine production. Many of our Chardonnay wines are clone specific and in certain cases are only produced from a single vineyard or single clone. These wines are very special in that they display consistency year on year and are only influenced by vintage.
The first planting of Chardonnay took place in the Winter of 1998 with a 2.42 hectare vineyard of clone CY 277. This vineyard still exists today and is now the 3rd oldest Chardonnay vineyard in South Africa. We still produce wine from this vineyard which can be tasted in our Moreson Solitaire Blanc de blancs.
Today we produce 8 different Chardonnay wines that are expressed as various winemaking styles. Our goal each time is to create a unique and out the box experience for each particular product.
We have selected and packaged the best examples of our Chardonnay for you to taste and take home. All these wines are a result of the relentless effort and collaborative working relationship between each person who works on Moreson. We hope that you enjoy drinking these wines just as much as we enjoyed creating them for you.
Spotted: Mercator Premium Chardonnay enjoying some holiday R&R in the Transkei.
It's moments like this.... this is why we make wine!
"The day after our wedding, we bought a case of your cab franc - to have a bottle every anniversary for 5 years and the last one on our 10th. We opened our 1st one on Monday. It was ridiculously delicious! So excited to see what next year's tastes like!"- Roxy Baumann
We’ve swapped flutes in the tasting room for Lehmann Jamesse Grand Champagne glasses.
“The decision was based on a long term idea that cultivars like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir should be expressed in a similar fashion that Burgundy is,” explains winemaker Clayton Reabow. “The larger glass with a wider mouth allows the aromas of the wine to be more liberated. I find that flutes naturally subdue the character of the wine; and it’s not cool for a dude to be holding a flute. Flutes in my mind are feminine glasses while the new sparkling glasses are unisex.”
The clever people over at Franschhoek SA have put together some ideas on what to wear to the The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Mastercard.
Using Instagram darling and general all-around styler Seth Shezi as a model.
Taking place this weekend of 3 and 4 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument. Celebrate summer in style by adding a dash of colour to this year’s theme which is Black and White with Floral Flair.
Don't forget this year both Miss Molly and Môreson will be represented at the festival...and we have a treat for you. We've paired up with N2 Ice Cream Lab to make a special sorbet from Môreson Cap Classique!
The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Mastercard, which takes place over the weekend of 3 and 4 December at the iconic Huguenot Monument. Celebrate summer in style by adding a dash of colour to this year’s theme which is Black and White with Floral Flair.
This year both Miss Molly and Môreson will be represented at the festival...and we have a treat for you. We've paired up with N2 Ice Cream Lab to make a special sorbet from Môreson Cap Classique!
How does it work? To make this liquid nitrogen ice cream ingredients are blended and instantly frozen before your very eyes.
We always take Miss Molly for a walk through the vineyards come harvest time - she knows when the grapes are perfectly ripe, and lets us know by having a snack!