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    Restless River

    An animation-entrepreneur-turned-winemaker, Craig Wessels has taken the South African wine scene by storm since the first commercial release of Restless River in 2012. Now encompassing a portfolio which also includes Pinot Noir and Grenache, it is still their "world-class" Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that impress critics the most.
    Rising quickly to “Second Growth” status in Tim Atkin MW's South African classification (in less than a decade), Wessels and his wife Anne are seen as the leading lights of the cool and maritime Hemel-en-Aarde region in Walker Bay. Not only have their outstanding and serious wines pushed the boundaries of Hemel-en-Aarde, but they have also redefined the region as more than a just "value option".

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    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £250.07
    2017

    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2017 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (90+)

    The 2017 Ava Marie Chardonnay, which is partly aged in amphora, has a very seductive bouquet of wild honey, lemon curd and hints of white chocolate unfurling in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a slightly chalky entry, although it does seems to clam up toward the finish at the moment. Give this two or three years to open up.
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    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 1 90+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £250.07
    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £247.67
    2019

    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)

    Christian Eedes (97)

    A challenging vintage that compelled Wessels to undertake nine passes through his 2ha vineyard as opposed to the usual five to seven. This attention to detail has paid off as this is the best vintage of Ava Marie yet. On the nose, a hint of flinty reduction before citrus, almond and leesy complexity while the palate shows great fruit concentration without being too weighty or thick-textured. The fruit is pure but there is already remarkable detail, the wine possessing a silky feel in the mouth, the finish super-dry. Matured for 11 months in mainly 500-litre barrels, some 10% new. Alcohol: 13%.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 1 97 (CE) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £247.67
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £195.00
    2017

    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2017 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (90+)

    The 2017 Ava Marie Chardonnay, which is partly aged in amphora, has a very seductive bouquet of wild honey, lemon curd and hints of white chocolate unfurling in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a slightly chalky entry, although it does seems to clam up toward the finish at the moment. Give this two or three years to open up.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 1 90+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £195.00
    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £193.00
    2019

    Restless River Ava Marie Chardonnay 2019 (6x75cl)

    Christian Eedes (97)

    A challenging vintage that compelled Wessels to undertake nine passes through his 2ha vineyard as opposed to the usual five to seven. This attention to detail has paid off as this is the best vintage of Ava Marie yet. On the nose, a hint of flinty reduction before citrus, almond and leesy complexity while the palate shows great fruit concentration without being too weighty or thick-textured. The fruit is pure but there is already remarkable detail, the wine possessing a silky feel in the mouth, the finish super-dry. Matured for 11 months in mainly 500-litre barrels, some 10% new. Alcohol: 13%.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Cape South Coast 6x75cl 1 97 (CE) Read Review/Description In Bond: £193.00

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