Excelsior Estate Pays Tribute to a Beloved Sister

Excelsior launches the Chardonnay that Norah was not given time to make 
Christine Norah-Ann de Wet of Excelsior wine estate was born during the great Laingsburg floods of 1981. Her life had a dramatic start, as she and her mother were trapped for a while in hospital on the far side of the Kogmanskloof river. Conditions were primitive, as they survived on a cup of water a day, minimal food rations and a stub of candle for light.
This unprecedented start to life probably contributed to Norah-Anne’s fighting spirit:  She never backed down from a challenge and grew up to became a top academic and athletic achiever.  Sadly, nothing could have prepared her for the battle against cancer, yet she faced this hurdle courageously and fought to the very end.  She often spoke about making a barrel-aged Chardonnay and so Peter de Wet produced this limited edition in honour of Norah-Ann, the strongest person, he stated, who the family has ever known.
Excelsior Norah Chardonnay 2018 is beautifully fresh and frisky, lent a little complexity from nine months in used French oak. Aromas of citrus and oyster shell greet the nose, followed by mouthfuls of delicious stone fruit flavours on the palate, complemented by hints of vanilla from the barrel-ageing.  Just 1 000 bottles were produced, and this limited edition enjoys moderate alcohol levels of 13,5%.
A beautiful wine for summer occasions, it will continue to offer enjoyment through the cooler months, partnering al fresco occasions with panache. We think that Norah-Ann would have approved. Expect to pay around R199.
Whenever the family pours a glass of her chardonnay, they will raise a glass in memory of this daughter, sister and mother. The wine is both in homage to Norah-Ann.
Peter de Wet, Excelsior Wine Estate
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