(aged in French oak, 50% new and 50% once-used barrels): Good bright, full yellow. Musky aromas of citrus fruits, grilled nuts and spices lifted by lively minerality; a bit Meursault-like. Concentrated and sharply delineated, with brisk acidity enlivening the flavors of stone fruits and brown spices. Not a fat or sweet style of chardonnay but quite elegant and firm. Needs to be served with food.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
About South Africa
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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