Just like the moment when you realized you were in love, time stands still as you savour this wine. Solstice is the only Chardonnay in the world to assemblage vin de goutte from 17 consecutive harvests of a single bloc of grapes into the quintessential expression of this cultivar in South Africa.
Aged in French oak for an average of 17 months using only wild yeast fermentation, this couture Cape offering delivers a lush and luxurious lifestyle experience sure to satisfy your senses in the most gratifying ways. A once-off limited release of 5 barrels (125 cases) only. Each bottle is individually numbered in sequential order.
Gold Medal, 90 points

World Wine Championships

Gold Medal

Berlin Wine Trophy

Gold Medal

Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition

Gold Medal

Vitis Vinifera Awards


Vintage: 1997 to 2013
Varietal: Chardonnay (100%)
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Winemaker: David John Bate with Nicky Claasens
Production: 5 barrels
Bottle Size: 750 ml Claret
Yield (t/ha): 3.5 t/ha
°Balling/Harvest: Average 23.5 û
Alcohol (%/vol): 14%
Residual Sugar: 1.36 g/l
TA: 5.1 g/l
VA: 0.54 g/l
FSO2: 41 mg/l
pH: 3.27
Selection: Vin de goutte (made entirely of free run juice)
Maturation: 17 months barrel maturation using only wild yeast fermentation in third fill French oak (Alliers) barrel of medium toast.
UPC: 6009800287691 (individual bottles)
SCC: 06009800287707 (cases of 12 bottles)



Straws of sunshine and shimmers of gold illuminate a gorgeous blonde body. Like the promise of a rising African dawn, a brilliant lustre and sparkling luminosity arose immediate interest in this natural beauty.


A stimulating, complex bouquet bewitches your senses. Alluring aromas of citrus fruits and floral fragrances foreshadow the vibrant and voluptuous personality of this offering.


Flirtatious floral notes tease your senses before undressing a soft and supple body that slowly surrenders flavours of pineapples, peaches and pears in a balanced, beautiful seduction. Sensuous strokes of butterscotch and white chocolate give way to a luscious lemon cream finish that leaves you wanting more (much more). None but the brave deserve the fair.

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