2016 Chardonnay Colloquium Gallery

Browse through the galleries of the 2016 Chardonnay Colloquium held the weekend of 7&8 October in the Elgin Valley, South Africa to showcase Elgin Chardonnay vs International Chardonnay.

Events and lunches were hosted at various venues around the Elgin Valley: Rockhaven was home to the technical presentation by Richard Kershaw MW, two tastings hosted by Jamie Goode and a gala dinner on Friday. On Saturday morning sessions were held at Lothian (Boschendal & Lothian), Oneiric (Hannay Wines, Oneiric & Richard Kershaw) and Almenkerk (Almenkerk, Corder Family Wines & Highlands Road Estate. Lunches were served at Paul Cluver (Paul Cluver Wines & Sutherland Vineyards), Oak Valley (Oak Valley Wines and Elgin Vintners), South Hill (South Hill Vineyards, Neil Ellis and Matthew van Heerden) and Iona (Iona and Charles Fox MCC).

7 October at Rockhaven

Rockhaven Farm was the venue for the technical tasting presentation by Richard Kershaw in the morning, the two tasting sessions hosted by Jamie Goode in the afternoon and the gala dinner the evening of Friday, 7 October 2016.

Almenkerk, Corder Family Wines and Highlands Road

Cool Chardonnay Challenge – A Fun Quiz Experience This challenge tested general Chardonnay knowledge, as well as blind tasting skills; which barrel/wooding, which producer, Burgundy versus Elgin tasting.

Boschendal and Lothian

Elgin Chardonnay: From Vine to Glass – The Influence of Viticulture A detailed look from a viticulture perspective into the terroir of the Elgin valley and what makes it so unique.

Iona and Charles Fox

Champagne, oysters, lunch and Chardonnay at Iona A decadent affair held at Iona. Freshly shucked West Coast oysters paired with the newly released Charles Fox Blanc de blanc MCC and Blanc de blanc Champagnes from Taittinger, Gosset and Lallier.

Paul Cluver and Sutherland Vineyards

Burgundy vs Chablis – an afternoon of discovery and palate delights whilst exploring the difference in wine styles of Burgundy and Chablis.

Hannay, Oneiric and Richard Kershaw

What on earth is terroir and how does it affect your glass of Chardonnay? A tour through the Oneiric vineyards followed by a guided tasting hosted by Richard Kershaw MW who who took us on a journey of discovery of the Elgin terroir and vine clones resulting in the distinctions found in your glass of Chardonnay.