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2005 Warwick Estate Chardonnay Stellenbosch
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2007

($30) Bright, pale yellow. Aromas of lemon drop, pineapple and spices, with a leesy vanilla nuance. Juicy, ripe and intense, with lovely freshness to the orange, grapefruit and licorice flavors. Plenty of extract here but there's nothing heavy about it. Finishes broad, ripe and classically dry, with very good lingering peachy flavor. Mike Radcliffe describes this as the winery's "stealth wine," as Warwick normally gets more attention for its reds.

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South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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