South Africa Chardonnay Reviews

By | April 6, 2015

Introduction

s-africa chardonnaysThe most important wine regions of South Africa are located in the south western part of the country near Cape Town, where you have the famous areas of Stellenbosch (see picture) and Paarl. South African Chardonnay is fruity, rich, round with a firm taste. In the western part of Stellenbosch the sandy soil is more suitable for white grape varieties and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc are planted widely here. These wines contain fresh accents and fruity tastes. On the higher cool slopes of Paarl Chardonnay has been planted, which produces elegant, sophisticated yet spicy white wines.

I will give you here detailed information on some of the excellent Chardonnays in my South Africa Chardonnay reviews and rating below. They are all deliverable through Wine.com, USA’s number one wine retailer, which can be accessed through the links on this page.

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50–74 Not recommended

The best selling wines you need to try:

1) Product: Meerlust Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2011

Alcohol: 13.7%

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Meerlust, Stellenbosch

Rating: 89/100

Price: $22.99 

Wine Tasting Notes

The wine is very bright, a polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. There is a complex, appealing nose with quince, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and generous, but still balanced by crisp acidity. There is ripe tropical fruit and creaminess balanced by a pure minerality typical of the variety. The wine has a long, very pleasant and lingering finish indicating the richness and persistence of the vintage.

This wine pairs beautifully with grilled fish and red and white meat.

Wine Makers Notes

Meerlust is one of South Africa’s most famous and historical wine estates. The land where the farm is now situated was originally owned by a powerful and wealthy free burgher named Henning Huising. After his death in 1713 the estate passed through many hands until it was bought in 1756 by Johannes Albertus Myburgh – and has remained in the Myburgh family ever since.

Nicholaas Myburgh (7th generation of the Myburgh family, and father of present owner Hannes Myburgh) took over the farm in 1950, but the condition of the property had declined severely from its 18th century splendor. Nicolaas set about an extensive restoration of both the buildings and the vineyards. One of his first projects was the construction of a damn that allows for irrigation in exceptionally dry years, but is usually used only after the vintage. He also replanted the vineyards with mainly red varietals.

The farm is approximately 15 kilometers outside Stellenbosch, and is the Stellenbosch estate nearest the Indian Ocean (the name Meerlust is of German origin, and translates to “pleasure of the sea”). The cooling breezes off False Bay allow a slower, steadier ripening period for the grapes. This translates to less loss of fruit aromas, and there is also a lesser risk of a crop being ruined in the event of a sudden, dramatic rise in temperature.

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2) Product: Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay 

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Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14%

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Riebeek Valley, Swartland

Rating: 87/100

Price $13.99 

Wine Tasting Notes

This unoaked Chardonnay is an accessible wine with the body of the Chardonnay grape but without the oak and buttery flavours often associated with this cultivar. The colour is a brilliant green-gold and the style is dry yet fruity. The nose has pronounced tropical flavours following through onto a palate with a well-rounded, lingering citrus finish.

Wine Makers Notes

Nestled in the picturesque Riebeek Valley, tucked up against the slopes of the majestic Kasteelberg, lies Riebeek Cellars.

This medium-sized winery on the western coast of the Cape Province of South Africa sources its grapes from the fertile Riebeek Valley and the slopes of the mountain where the climate is very similar to the Mediterranean. Through the years as vineyard practices developed, cultivars were planted in soil and at slopes best suited to them. These well-tended vineyards enable the production of high quality wines which makes Riebeek Cellars the choice of wine buyers internationally.

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3) Product: Mulderbosch Chardonnay 

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Vintage: 2011

Alcohol: 13.5%

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Mulderbosch, Stellenbosch

Rating: 87/100

Price: $18.99 
 

Wine Tasting Notes

Pale straw in appearance with green hues. The complex nose exudes ripe apricots, freshly shelled almonds, subtle oakspice and delicate frangpani leading onto a richly layered palate bursting with flavour. The creamy, velvety mouth feel is offset by racy mineral freshness which persists long into the finish.

Wine Makers Notes

Widely recognized as one of South Africa’s most iconic producers, Mulderbosch is well-known for its various wines and is located east of Cape Town in the Stellenbosch Hills. Stellenbosch has a Mediterranean climate that is largely impacted by the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with long, warm summers and cool windy afternoons. Recently acquired by Charles Banks, an American, Mulderbosch has entered an exciting new era of quality. A newly-assembled team promises to re-introduce wine lovers to the many charms of this approachable, easy-drinking, collection of affordable, fun wines. South Africa provokes an unbelievable platform for making some of the best white wine values in the world.

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4) Product: De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2015

Alcohol: 14%s-africa chardonnay reviews

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Breede Rivier

Rating: 89/100

Price: $15.99 

Wine Tasting Notes

Heavy clay soils rich in limestone allow this Chardonnay to emit optimum varietal expression in a cloak of rich complexity.An un-wooded wine, Limestone Hill has notes of grapefruit and nuts, with the complexity balanced by a nuanced elegance ending with a delicate ripeness.

Wine Makers Notes

De Wetshof is a well-established top Burgundian style winery based in Robertson (160km from Cape Town). Owner Danie De Wet is the pioneer of Chardonnay in South Africa, creating a wide range of styles (unwooded and wooded).

Danie began his winemaking career after studying at Geisenheim in Germany, returning to South Africa in the early 1970s to work alongside his father who began the De Wetshof Estate. Over the years, careful planning has gone into soil mapping the estate’s vineyards to identify the ideal terroir for the various varietals Danie nurtures both in the alluvial soils near the Breede River, as well as the lime rich slopes stretching up from the river. The Estate has become renowned for its elegant, award-winning wines and its innovative and advanced used of technology in the vineyard and cellar.

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6 thoughts on “South Africa Chardonnay Reviews

  1. Shaun

    I’ve checked back a couple times now and each time i learn something new! i have even shared this site to my girlfriends dad, he is big into wine and makes his own at her house!

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Thanks Shaun, I you ever have any questions, just leave a comment and I will get back to you. Cheers, Jerry

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  2. Viljoen

    Hi Jerry

    Some great wines you reviewed from SA. There is such a great variety to choose from. There is also a great variety of beer that one can have here.

    Can’t wait to read your next one 🙂

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Thanks Viljoen, you are right, there is a great variety and this is one of the reasons I started this site. You can never drink them all, so you better make the best choice. This is why I hope that I can get people together here and exchange valuable information about the Chardonnays they are drinking. This might open the way to find the best ones, not necessarily the most expensive ones, around. Cheers, Jerry

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  3. Emily

    hi Jerry
    You got me there, I love South African wines, especially Chardonnay! So perfect article for me! I will be checking those out. I do like a fruity chardonnay so the Rustenberg chardonnay seems perfect for me with its flavor of apricot and orange peel. and the web price is reasonable. Thanks for your thorough recommendations!

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Thanks Emily, I am glad you liked it and I hope you will visit again. Feel free to let me know about the Chardonnays you like and as you might have seen, you can also rate them yourself quite easily. Cheers, Jerry

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