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2008 Uva Mira Vineyards Chardonnay Single Vineyard Stellenbosch
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91(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2011

Medium yellow.  Ripe peach, lime, hazelnut and vanillin oak on the nose.  Sweet, lush and sexy, with a seamless texture to the stone  and citrus fruit flavors lifted by flowers. This seems more forward than the 2007 was at the same age; today I don't find quite the mineral grip.  Has the stuffing to support its oak element, though, and spreads out nicely on the persistent finish.  But does this have a hidden dimension?

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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