Tesselaarsdal takes its name from the small farming hamlet in the mountainous hinterland, inland from Walker Bay. The land was passed in the year 1810 from Johannes Tesselaar to freed slaves, allowing them to begin farming for themselves. The area of Tesselaarsdal is very close to the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, and the birthplace of Berene Sauls, herself a descendant of the freed slaves that farmed the area, and a long-time employee of Hamilton Russell Vineyards.
A particularly bright, tight and pure Chardonnay with marked elegance. Clean and lifted primary fruit character and citrus blossom introduce a long, gentle palate, very expressive but also deliciously classical and restrained. This is a graceful and age-worthy wine with an almost crystalline purity.