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Haskell Anvil Chardonnay 2012

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Precision engineered.
Precision engineered.

Stellenbosch property Haskell Vineyards first drew attention when the 2007 vintage of its single-vineyard Shiraz called Pillars won a gold medal at the 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show before going on to be rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of Platter’s.

The best current-release wine, however, is the 2012 Anvil Chardonnay (R290 a bottle).  Among the top 10 in my Chardonnay Report last year, it’s a wine of particular restraint.

Grapes come from a single vineyard approximately two hectares in size, planting undertaken in 1988 and 1992; various pickings took place between 18⁰ Balling and 23⁰ Balling and fermentation was begun in tank and completed in oak, two-thirds of which was new, maturation lasting some 10 months.

The wine shows pear, white peach and lemon plus a little burnt matchstick. Pure fruit, fresh acidity, oak nicely absorbed.  No unwanted fat and a really persistent finish, the wine leaving a saline sensation in the mouth.

Score: 92/100.

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