2010 Vins D'Orrance Chardonnay
Western Cape, South Africa
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$20.69 as part of a mixed case.
"Hand-picked from low-yielding vineyards and minimal intervention in the winemaking. This Old World style Chardonnay comes from a vineyard of limestone and clay soils and is aged in French Oak (40 percent new) for 12 months. The nose shows classic scents of brioche and vanilla bean highlighting a core of apple and lemon curd. The wine's flavors echo its aromas, with a creamy texture suggesting egg custard undercut by a subtle but persistent minerality."
"92 pts ... This shows alluring butter and creamed pear aromas and flavors, but stays racy, with honeysuckle, quinine and green fig notes rippling throughout, followed by a very stylish finish. Impressive and distinctive. Should age nicely. Drink now through 2015." --04/12
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$29.9991 WA A most beautiful Chardonnay with gobs of white stonefruits, pear, and Meyer lemon flowers on the nose and cascading over the very long palate. We enjoyed it immensely with a spicy butternut squash soup festooned with brown butter sauteed prawns, cucumbers, and non-fat Greek yogurt. A really delightful quaff!