Tesselaarsdal was founded in 2015 by long-standing Hamilton Russell Vineyards employee Berene Sauls. This wine is named after the historic Overberg farming hamlet of Tesselaarsdal, not far from the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge wine appellation. Berene was born a descendant of the freed slaves who were bequeathed the land by former East India Company settler Johannes Tesselaar in 1810.
A compact and radiant Chardonnay with notes of citrus blossom, sweet lemon grass, and lees spice complemented by a fine dusty minerality. The long, gentle palate is at once extremely expressive and deliciously classical and restrained. A remarkably pure wine that will age with grace.