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Winters Drift Chardonnay 2012

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A bruiser.
A bruiser.

That Elgin’s white wines tend to have the jump on its reds was again apparent when considering the Chardonnay 2012 next to the Shiraz 2012 from Winters Drift (both with an approximate retail price of R92 a bottle). Whereas the latter appears rather austere and ungiving, the former packs a real punch.

The Chardonnay was made by Koen Roose of Spioenkop with 50% undergoing inoculated fermentation in stainless tank and 50% spontaneous fermentation in barrel, maturation lasting 10 month. It’s rich and full with plenty of ripe citrus, attractive yeasty notes and appealing oak spice in evidence. You wouldn’t call it subtle, but a bit like watching Mike Tyson in his prime, it impresses.

Score: 88/100 (vs 85/100 for the Shiraz).

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