Capensis Chardonnay 2014
Aromas of lemon zest, bergamot, stargazer lily, white truffle, shell and vanilla bean. On the palate, crisp and firm acidity with a luscious texture and flavors of Meyer lemon, fresh ginger, toffee and saline.
Wine EnthusiastThere's a balanced richness to this wine, with lovely notes of wood-grilled apple, toasted hazelnut, freshly baked apple pie and orange creamsicle that are cut by ample acidity. The medium-weight mouthfeel is smooth but not flabby, with lingering baking spice and toasted brioche notes on the close.
Wine AdvocateI reviewed the maiden release of the white Western Cape Chardonnay owned by the Jackson Family in my South Africa report in 2015. The sophomore 2014 Chardonnay follows on its heels. It has a winning bouquet, maybe a little obvious but very pleasurable nonetheless, laden with subtle tropical tones, pear and (like the 2013) a touch of brioche. The oak is certainly well integrated here. The palate is not fat, but there is the weight and presence in the mouth that you seek in a Chardonnay. It maintains lovely balance, the acidity finely tuned with nectarine, paw paw and citrus lemon towards the finish. It is a strong follow-up to their debut, even if as I mentioned previously, it does not offer the minerality you might seek from a top Chardonnay, but you will be enjoying this too much to care for that. The only caveat? Well, there's a surfeit of damn fine South African Chardonnay at cheaper prices out there.
Wine SpectatorAn alluring, toasty style, with lots of hazelnut and warm brioche notes leading the way for creamed melon and yellow apple fruit. Toast lingers on the finish, delivering a creamy mouthfeel and enough fruit for balance. For fans of the style. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.
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