Chardonnay

Cape Winemakers Guild

Waterford Estate ‘1988 Kept Aside’ Chardonnay 2017

Greg Ballington
9.1

@Delectable Wine this is the 2017 Waterford Estate Cape Winemakers Guild ‘1988 Kept Aside’ Chardonnay.

Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).

Eighth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and sixth still white wine. This is made up of 100% Chardonnay by Kevin Arnold from Stellenbosch. Aged for a total of eleven months on the lees with no malolactic fermentation. Only 50 cases produced with 36 being auctioned in 2018. Sadly this was Kevin's last year as a member of the Guild as he has decided to retire.

Light greenish yellow in appearance, seeming insanely young. Creamy nose with some light butter, green tree fruits, and some citrus zest. Medium acidity (6.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with some light butterscotch, overripe green apples, peaches and minerality on the back end. Medium plus finish. Drink till 2024.

$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R3,422.00 ($40.30 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R4,200.00 ($49.46 a bottle) and lowest bid was R3,000.00 ($35.33 a bottle).

#waterfordestate #chardonnay #stellenbosch
#southafrica #cwgauction #cwg #whitewine
— 14 days ago

Sean BallingtonIndia Okoh
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Pastorale Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.3

On the nose; green apple, buttered popcorn, pineapple, lime candy, lemon, cream, cream soda, honeysuckle, soft, delicate minerality, yellow lilies and jasmine.

The body is full, thick & waxy. Green apple, buttered popcorn, pineapple, lime candy, under ripe green melon, lemon, guava, touch of peach, cream, honeysuckle, soft, delicate chalkiness, grainy minerality, touch of saline, yellow lilies and jasmine. Nice round acidity and lush rich, elegant finish.

Photos of, the Joseph Phelps Sonoma facility now just used for production and no longer open for visitors, two Joseph Phelps Napa terrace views and JPV Pastorale Vineyard Chardonnay grapes.
— 7 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

$75.00 from the winery or $50.00 retail🤔, so which does it taste like, a $50.00 bottle or ,,,,,,
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All I can tell you is I enjoyed it and I’m not a big CA Chardonnay fan...rather someone who appreciates White Burgundy more enthusiastically. So, setting a bottle price value to someone else’s palate is something I try and stay away from. For you, I would refer you to robertparker.com score and notes on this wine.

Lucien Le Moine

Sous Frétille Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Chardonnay 2009

Сливочное масло, айва, лимонный курд, помело, кленовый сироп, ароматные травы, белый перец. Увесистое тело с мощной, но естественной концентрацией. Объемно и глубоко. Вначале много дуба и жира, бесстыжей спелости, удачно поддерживаемых серьёзной структурой. На второй день тяжесть уходит, но вес остаётся, становится больше свежести и цитрусово-зелёных обертонов, выразительность и экспрессия обретают гармоничность. — 2 days ago

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Cape Winemakers Guild

Paul Cluver Wines The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2017

Greg Ballington
9.0

@Delectable Wine this is the 2017 Paul Cluver Wines Cape Winemakers Guild The Wagon Trail Chardonnay.

Our first time every at the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction and we will make sure to come back! (Tasting was on 9/28/18).

Ninth wine at the Friday Auction Tasting for the Cape Winemakers Guild and seventh still white wine. This is made up of 100% Chardonnay by Andries Burger from Elgin. Fruit was 100% wild fermented in 33% new French oak and on the lees for nine months. Only 70 cases produced with 40 being auctioned in 2018.

Light to medium greenish yellow in appearance. Interesting nose with stone and citrus fruits, some creaminess, spices and a touch of oak. Not as much oak influence as some of the other Chardonnays this tasting. Medium plus acidity (7/10) and a bit sharp with a light plus body. Palate likes to linger with layers of peaches, lemons, green apples and some white gravel. Long finish. Drink till 2025.

$$ - Tasted at the Cape Winemakers Auction. Average bid at auction was R4,910.00 ($57.82 a bottle) a case. Highest bid was R5,400.00 ($63.60 a bottle) and lowest bid was R4,600.00 ($54.17 a bottle)

#paulcluver #chardonnay #elgin
#southafrica #cwgauction #cwg #whitewine
— 14 days ago

Sean BallingtonIndia Okoh
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Bevan Cellars

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

Victoria from Bevan Cellars came to town and put on a wonderful tasting of some current releases.

No surprise here, but this was rich and powerful. It was served a bit too cold, but I was able to set it aside and come back to it after it warmed up. Very different (in a good way). The fruits became more honeyed, and there was an added smoked butter note. I enjoy Ritchie vineyard Chardonnays, and with Bevan’s take, I always get a very pronounced nutty type note...this vintage isn’t as pronounced at this stage. Not a bad or a good thing...just a thing. This vintages seems a bit more focused compared to previous vintages.
— 4 days ago

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Williams Selyem

Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Quite an interesting expression. Not sure how much longer this one will go. I was getting a cotton candy note on the nose. I dare say I was getting some mushroom here. Palate of aged melon on the front. Rounded front with malolactic type body and guava/mango finish. Nice expression of Heintz. I have been exposed to lots of Heintz wines and this seems to be a lot less Heintz-ish than others I have had. A cool bottle nevertheless!! — 3 days ago

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Much more rounded and reductive like compared to the other Heintz bottles on the table. As if the fruit (mango, guava) was all honeyed. Apricot too. Acidity was falling off a bit. I had either the ‘13 or ‘14 of this a few months back which I thought showed a bit better than this. Drink this vintage up.
9.2

La Follette

Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

This wine is doing rather well, yet you can tell that it's starting to hang on to the edge of the hill while simultaneously being pushed over by the later vintages and Father Time. Poured a darker straw color into the glass. The nose was dried herb and a little bit of tropical fruit. The entry was more rounded, but immediately a honey and dried herb note kind of hit. The fruit was more of a wilder, bramblier tropical fruit note with a touch of butter. This wine seems to be going more of the buttery route and more of the tertiary / mushroom way, as this sort of seemed to develop on the finish more when it was near room temp than when it was cold (initially it was served rather cold). I rather enjoyed this wine due to its complexity, although I cannot say that would be the case in the next 2-3 years as I feel it is starting its downward slide. Drink now. — 3 hours ago

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FEL Wines

Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.1

On the nose, Meyer lemon, honey notes, pineapple, green apple flesh with no skin, lime, melon, notes of orange citrus, spring flowers & jasmine

The body is light, slightly waxy, lemon, honeycomb, light green & red apple without skin, tropical melons, pineapple, yellow lilies and spring flowers. Beautiful round acidy. Great texture, length and understated polished finish.

Photos of; an arial view of the Cliff Lede tasting room and Estate vineyards, artwork for sale in their tasting room by former vocalist of Jefferson Airplane Grace Slick turned artist (Jerry Garcia), two hearts that decorate the tasting room courtyard and the outside terrace at Cliff Lede.
— 5 days ago

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Amici Cellars

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Pours medium straw color. Nose of lemon and even peach and grapefruit. Soft front, yet bright opening. Soft lemon type notes are present along with a hint of butter. Peach. Touch of pineapple. Medium is where a little bit of limestone creeps in. Finishes acidic. Even brighter finish here. This is a 14 and I think it is a bit too young. Would hold another 1 or 2 years and I think it will be doing better. Still a solid 93 and wishing I had bought more. Isn't that always how it is! — 3 days ago

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Same notes apply as to when we opened one of these a few months ago. A fantastic expression of Heintz with superb balance. Gained a sweeter candied note on the nose with extended air time.
9.3

Littorai

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Edged out Amici in the fact that this one is very bright and acidic from the top and keeps on developing. Bright, bright front of lemon and limestone. Middle is dense and almost has a tangerine, lemon, pineapple kind of line to it. Finish was less expressive and while the 14 Amici is weighted to the back, this is weighted to the front. This will continue to develop over the next 3 to 5 years. — 3 days ago

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Killer expression of Heintz...Littorai’s style works well with the vineyard. My second time having this vintage and it’s just as great as the first. Steely lemon and lime on the nose with crushed rock. Sharp acidity on the palate. Palate has white flower, guava and apricot. No decline in sight.
9.4