Paserene Chardonnay 2019

The 2019 Paserene Chardonnay is light golden in colour, with a beautiful green hue that is a tell-tale sign of Elgin fruit. The aromas are rich and elegant, abundant with lemon zest, white peach, oatmeal and citrus blossoms. The palate is rounded out by our use of 30% new super tight grain Burgundian barrels.


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SKU CHA2019L Collection Cultivar


How the wine is made

The grapes for this wine were picked between 22 and 23 Brix, then transported to our Franschhoek winery and cooled to a perfect 1°C. We then loaded the grapes into the press whole and pressed them for 7 hours. The juice was transferred unsettled to the barrel at about 600 NTU. This entire process takes place in the presence of oxygen in our wine cellar, which contributes to the ageing of the wine. 

After four days, fermentation sets in naturally and lasts for just over a month, making for the rounded flavours you will experience on your palate. The low pH means that the wine takes about 12 months to complete its malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay barrels were rolled and not stirred for batonnage.

The wine benefits from sediment contact without too much intake of oxygen, and spends 16 months in the barrel, a much longer period than is usual for a white wine. We used 30% new oak while the rest was aged in second- and third-fill barrels. Our Chardonnay is bottled unfiltered and is matured in the bottle for one year before being released. 

When you drink our hand-crafted wine, you are creating a moment in time that translates into so much more than just a bottle of wine.


Where the grapes are from

Our Paserene Wine Range is made from grapes sourced from wine farms in Tulbagh, Elgin, and Franschhoek. We focus on quality attention-to-detail when it comes to our luxury Paserene Range, hence the choice of terroir for the range. 

Our Chardonnay is sourced from Elgin, which gives the wine a light, feminine quality.

Soils and climates

Elgin is the coolest area with bokkeveld shale. It has a cooler climate which is best for aromatic white grapes, allowing them to retain their bright acidity and full flavour.

Franschhoek is more moderate in climate and has sandy soil. It is ideal for growing white grapes with a fruit-forward flavour, and the shadows of the mountains help to maintain the climate. 

Tulbagh in the Breede River Valley has a hot climate that has cool evenings, with decomposed shale soil. The climate lends itself to wine that has richly developed flavours and long-lasting finishes.




Total Acid
5.4 g/l


What you can expect when tasting

Our Chardonnay is pale gold to light green in the glass, already hinting at the Elgin terroir from first glance. The nose is powerful yet inviting, with fragrant notes of neroli, lemon curd, and honey blossom shining through. You will also find the scent of warm oatmeal and ginger. 

On the palate, there is a delicate mineral component, similar to crushed chalk and sea-spray. The mouth-feel is medium bodied, with a low acidity and unctuous, long-lasting sensation. This is truly a fruit-driven white wine, with crushed peach puree, passion fruit, and pineapple driving the palate.

There is a gentle femininity to the wine, much like the Elgin terroir from which the grapes are sourced.

Oak, Butter, Vanilla

Citrus, Lemon

Honey, Stone, Minerals


The art on the label

The artwork of our Paserene Range reflects the elegance of the wine inside the bottle and tells the story of the particular bottle. 

The swift you will find on almost every label was drawn by miniaturist Lorraine Loots, and is a representation of Martin’s adventures abroad, the spreading of his wings, before returning home to create Paserene.

The label for our Chardonnay was created by talented local artist, Carmen Ziervogel and designer, Lauren Ann McCarthy. All labels were hand pressed using an old Heidelberg press.

The girl on the label of the Chardonnay represents the beauty of Mother Nature, and the tranquility of the Elgin setting, where the wine is from.


Food and wine combinations

For savoury dishes, pair this graceful Chardonnay with salmon that has been lightly poached and served in a buttery sauce to complement those oaty, warming notes. Orange-glazed duck pairs perfectly with the crispness of the wine. 

For a truly decadent experience, pair our Chardonnay with a freshly baked lemon meringue pie with a toasted, buttery crust. Roast chicken with a lemon or lime glaze and a side of zingy green salad will make for a delicate summer meal partnered with a chilled glass of this vintage.






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