If you’re looking for a bargain (and who isn’t?), then look no further than the Julien Schaal Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay 2017.
Two-thirds of grapes from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde and one-third from Elgin, the wine was matured for 10 months, 60% in barrels of which 15% were new and 40% in tank. The nose shows white peach, citrus and some yeasty complexity while the palate is well balanced with lovely pure fruit and tangy acidity. If it was a pop song, it would be the feel-good-hit-of-the-summer. Approximate retail price: R150 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
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