Whereas there are some pretty dramatic examples of local Chardonnay out there at the moment, the Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015 from Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum is about as unflashy as you can get. Grapes come from a vineyard over 300m high just outside of the Hemel en Aarde Ridge ward, the wine completing malolactic fermentation and seeing just 25% new oak.
On the nose, subtle notes of pear, citrus and peach plus a little dried herbs. The palate is rich and broad with soft acidity, nothing too obvious but entirely satisfying to drink. Wine Cellar price: R370 a bottle.
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