2010 Vins d'Orrance "Cuvée Anaïs" Chardonnay Western Cape

SKU #1143659 92 points Wine Spectator

 This shows alluring butter and creamed pear aromas and flavors, but stays racy, with honeysuckle, quinine and green fig notes rippling throughout, followed by a very stylish finish. Impressive and distinctive. Should age nicely. Drink now through 2015.  (4/2012)

K&L Notes

A very engaging Chardonnay with layers of complex aromas and flavors. The wine has lots of lees charcter and savory nuances. Exceptional texture and persistence on the palate. As with all of Christophe's wines I get an intriguing slightly oxydative note and perfect integration on oak. This wine is a must try for Burgundy lovers, one of the most interesting wines I have tasted in quite some time. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Wine Buyer) From the winemaker: "Hand-picked from low-yielding vineyards and minimal intervention in the winemaking. This Old World style Chardonnay comes from a vineyard of limestone and clay soils and is aged in French Oak (40 percent new) for 12 months. The nose shows classic scents of brioche and vanilla bean highlighting a core of apple and lemon curd. The wine's flavors echo its aromas, with a creamy texture suggesting egg custard undercut by a subtle but persistent minerality."

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 13