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Crystallum Chardonnay Clay Shales 2014 750ml
SKU 771308
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Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2014

Walker Bay - Overberg - South Africa

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Clay Shales Chardonnay, from just outside Hemel-en-Aarde that actually performs better when it is cropped at a higher yield (according to Peter-Allan Finlayson), has a little more intensity than the 2015 Agnes. Matured in 15% new oak, it has a seductive bouquet with lime flower and apricot blossom scents that draw you in. The palate is very well balanced, crisp and tensile; there is wonderful acidity here in this Chardonnay with bite and race. It then segues into a saline, marine-tinged finish that begs you to take another sip. Love this! You will too.

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Varietal: Chardonnay

Despite having its origins in western France, Chardonnay's immense popularity and flexibility quickly meant that before long, there wasn't a wine producing country in the world which wasn't investing in this fascinating and versatile grape varietal. Today, Chardonnays manage to win fine wine competitions and satisfy supermarket shoppers simultaneously, due to the fact that this grape varietal can take on many characteristics and features of where it is grown and how it is handled. Indeed, this green skinned grape is renowned for not having so much unique flavor within the fruit, but is very sensitive to the features of the terroir it is grown in, as well as to aging As such, it isn't unusual to find bottles of single variety Chardonnay wine described as holding notes of white stone, mountain waters, or other such geological features alongside the more predictable fruit descriptions This makes Chardonnay grape varietal wines an exciting world to delve into – full of surprises, full of delights.

Country: South Africa

Perhaps the most famous and well respected of all the wine regions in South Africa is that of Constantia, which holds many of the oldest and most traditional wineries in the country. Here, the temperate climate receives the Atlantic winds which cool the vineyards, and the fertile soil allows the grapes to grow to full ripeness, resulting in highly flavorful wines which are enjoyed around the world. Whilst Sauvignon Blanc varietals make up the most widely exported wines of this region, the rest of the country produces a huge and impressive range of wines, made up from varietals native to many different European countries. From excellent Champagne style sparkling wines, to aromatic fortified examples, fruity reds and refreshing whites, South Africa continues to impress and surprise, with modern techniques and technologies leading the way and producing exceptional results.