Fire Heath Chardonnay 2017

92 Points by Tim Atkin S
90 Points by Neal Martin
90 Points by James Suckling

producer B Vintners

cultivar Chardonnay

style Dry White

origin Sondagskloof, Walker Bay, South Africa

Fire Heath, found in the majestic valley of Walker Bay, forms part of the indigenous “fynbos” of the area. The Fire Heath plant indicates the terroir of the valley and is very important to the final characteristics of the wine. It consists of free-draining, low potential and slightly acidic soils, which naturally gives life to open fields, of low-growing woody vegetation – “fynbos”.

The wine is detailed with citrus fruit – limes and tangerine – pear skin and yellow flowers add depth. The wine is tightly wound and held together with a mineral backbone – resulting from the vineyard location – the combination of fruit, delicate spices and raw almond shavings, gives immense drinking pleasure.

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Additional Information

ageing potential Drinks exceptionally well now, will benefit from cellaring for another 8 – 10 years

blend information 100% Chardonnay

food suggestions Salmon Rillettes / Summer vegetable risotto / Fresh oysters


2017 Scored 92 points by Tim Atkin SA Report (2019)
2016 Scored 90 points by Neal Martin (August 2018)
2016 Scored 90 points by James Suckling (July 2018)
2015 Scored 91 points by James Molesworth from Wine Spectator
2015 Scored 91 points in Years Best South Africa – Wine & Spirits
2016 Scored 92 points by Tim Atkin SA Report
2016 Scored 90 points by Christiaan Eedes – Winemag