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Seven Springs Chardonnay 2017

R210.00
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What makes a wine a food wine? I reckon texture and complexity and this wine is oozing both. The primary flavours are lemon marmalade layered with ripe granadilla. It has bright acidity and a pure wet stone minerality.

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I like a bit of wood in my Chardy, I think smart use of wood unlocks a whole new dimension of flavor and texture. This is a great example of well used oak where it supports the wine rather than dominates it. If we must be honest the best chardonnays, certainly the most expensive are wooded, and chardonnay like no other white wine has a wonderful affinity to wood.7 Springs is in the Overberg region pretty close to the Hemmel en Aarde region. A part of the world that has really distinguished itself as a great producer of the Burgundian varietals chardonnay and pinot noir. By South African standards it is classified as cooler climate and as a result you do not easily find the same ripeness as other parts of the cape. The result is a much more restrained fruit with lots more acidity.The wines of the region have quite rightly earned themselves quite the reputation and generally speaking go for slightly more than your average South African wine. Which is why it is a great pleasure to be able to offer this wine which for what it is, is great value, certainly getting more wine then you are paying for.The other thing this wine has going for it is age, at 4 years old now it really is beginning to enter its ideal drinking window. The fruit flavours are beginning to integrate beautifully with the toasted nutty flavours from the oak.Tasting noteWhat makes a wine a food wine? I reckon texture and complexity and this wine is oozing both. The primary flavours are lemon marmalade layered with ripe granadilla. It has bright acidity and a pure wet stone minerality. It has a wonderful weight on the palate which is great as it allows to work with much heavier foods like slow cooked sauces. The sort of cuisine you start to eat at this time of year as the evenings get longer and the nights get colder. If you do not enjoy red wine this can be a decent substitute.
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