I was going to overlook the Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2013 from Haute Cabrière in Franschhoek (R80 a bottle) as I suspected I wouldn’t have anything nice to say about but it then I resolved to put my prejudices aside (or at least try to) in an effort to understand why this wine is so ubiquitous.
My conclusion? It’s the Toyota Corolla of wine – designed for people possessing the lowest possible involvement with the subject. Watery pink in colour. Neutral on nose and palate. Neither sweet nor dry. Not offensive just utterly insipid.
Score: It really doesn’t matter.