False Bay Crystalline Chardonnay, WO Coastal Region - Boutinot

False Bay Crystalline Chardonnay, WO Coastal Region 2023


False Bay Vineyards

Crisp, unoaked, naturally fermented Chardonnay with purity of fruit and good depth of flavour from extended lees ageing.

Meet the producer

An independent company, owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot, False Bay Vineyards aims to make 'real' wine...



The grapes for False Bay Crystalline Chardonnay stem primarily from a single vineyard in Stellenbosch located next door to one of the region's most lauded proponents of this noble cultivar. This coastal vineyard, gives lower yields, smaller berries which maintain their own natural acidity, thus obviating the need to add acid during the winemaking process. Made by Waterkloof's talented young Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard. Balanced grapes are hand harvested, fermented spontaneously with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks and then left on lees for a minimum of six months before bottling. No additions other than sulphur as a preservative. Grown, made and bottled in South Africa.

Tasting notes

Wild yeast fermentation, low yields and naturally balanced grapes inform this ripe unoaked textural Chardonnay. Extended time on the lees adds nutty and toasty notes. Intense yet delicate right through to the finish.

Food match

Serve with roast chicken, pasta and creamy sauce or grilled tiger prawns.