Draaiboek Onskuld Chardonnay 2021
By Christian Eedes, 12 April 2023
Onskuld Chardonnay from Draaiboek Wines continues to make waves, grapes from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, winemaking by Stephanie Wiid (also of Thistle & Weed). While I acknowledge the general quality that the wine’s origin is capable of and have, for some time, admired the winemaker’s capabilities, this wine, only three vintages in, remains good rather than great.
The 2021 was matured for 10 months in oak, 30% new. Citrus, white peach, oatmeal and a hint of leesy complexity on the nose while the palate is rich and full, thick in texture, tangy acidity stopping it from becoming too ponderous (alc: 13.92%). Flavourful with a gently savoury finish but not nearly as scintillating as some are making it out to be. Price: R390 a bottle.
CE’s rating: 91/100.
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