Indaba Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa, 2013 (750ml)Winemaker's Notes
The grapes were picked in the cool early morning hours to maintain the freshness of the fruit. They were destemmed, left in cold skin contact for four hours, and then gently pressed. The juice was then settled overnight before fermentation, which occurred in a combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. The wine was left on its lees for several months to develop further in complexity.
Bright tropical fruit aromas lead to a crisp, fresh palate with mouth-filling flavors of apple, pear, honey, and pineapple. A gentle kiss of oak adds a creamy butterscotch nuance and wonderful depth. A superb value, this versatile white is a fantastic match for a wide range of dishes, from mac & cheese to spicy ethnic food.
2010 ST 88 Points
International Wine Cellar - "Bright medium yellow. Aromas of nectarine, apple and pineapple complicated by a touch of musky brown spices. Sweet, supple stone fruit flavors are nicely lifted by citrus zest and a minerally limestone element. Cleanly made, gently oaked and persistent but a touch on the sweet side, with 6 g/l r.s."