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Paserene Chardonnay 2013

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Vilafonté winemaker Martin Smith has started his own label called Paserene, first release being a Chardonnay 2013 (R300 a bottle).

From Elgin fruit, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation before maturation in old oak, lasting 16 months. It’s classically styled with notes of lemon, vanilla, oatmeal and a little spice. Substantial but not overdone with layers of flavour and good balance. Nice creamy mouthfeel before a gently savoury, almost pithy finish. An accomplished debut.

Score: 91/100.


  1. Wow – I didn’t expect you to like it. We loved it, but I thought you’d be put off by the creamy mouthfeel as it is removed from the usual fresh style that you advocate. I think it is a bloody smart wine.


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