Crystallum Chardonnay Clay Shales 2014 750ml
SKU 771308

Crystallum Chardonnay Clay Shales 2014

Crystallum - Overberg - South Africa - Walker Bay

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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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Winery: Crystallum

Varietal: Chardonnay

Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and is most widely appreciated is the Chardonnay. This green skinned grape is now grown all over the Old and New Worlds, from New Zealand to the Americas, from England to Chile, and is one of the first varietals people think of when considering white wine grapes. Perhaps this is because of its huge popularity which reached a peak in the 1990s, thanks to new technologies combining with traditional methods to bring the very best features out of the Chardonnay grape, and allow its unique qualities to shine through. Most fine Chardonnay wines use a process known as malolactic fermentation, wherein the malic acids in the grape juice are converted to lactic acids, allowing a creamier, buttery nature to come forward in the wine. No grape varietal is better suited to this process than Chardonnay, which manages to balance these silky, creamy notes with fresh white fruit flavors beautifully.

Country: South Africa

As geographically diverse country, with everything from lush green valleys to areas of arid desert, mountainsides and river estuaries, South Africa unsurprisingly produces a huge range of excellent wines. Regions such as the Breede River Valley consistently impress with their Semillon wines and the lush, fruity Ruby Cabernets grown and processed here, and the cooler region of Overberg is attracting much attention as a result of their silky Pinot Noir bottles. However, all over the oceanic tip of this fascinating country, traditional methods dating back over three hundred years are combining with modern technologies to produce some of the finest examples of New World wines to be found anywhere on the globe.