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2012 Warwick Estate Chardonnay The First Lady Unoaked Western Cape
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89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Bright, light yellow with green highlights.  Enticing aromas of white peach, pineapple, nutmeg and wild herbs.  Supple and round on the palate, with a silky, saline umami texture to the flavors of yellow fruits and brown spices.  Really lovely chardonnay fruit here, and distinctly spicy even without any oak.  The saline quality carries through onto the persistent finish.  An excellent non-oaked chardonnay.

88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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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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