2012 Oldenburg Vineyards Chardonnay Stellenbosch

SKU #1157868 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chardonnay has a subtle, understated bouquet with hints of almond, potpourri and wild heather emerging delicately from the glass. The palate is nicely poised right from the start - a fine line of acidity and an agreeable sense of linearity and focus. This is a more neutral Chardonnay, but it works very well and allows a nuanced marine element to come through on the finish. This is very fine indeed. Drink now-2017. (NM)  (10/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 A ripe, rich style, with creamed melon, pear, fig and plantain notes lined with butter and toasted macadamia nut accents. Offers a plump, lush finish. For fans of the toasty, broad style. Drink now.  (11/ 2013)

K&L Notes

A powerful introduction for Oldenburg into the US market and a K&L direct import! Leading with their best foot forward, Oldenburg's Chardonnay is a rich, concentrated wine with plenty of toasty oak and creamy mouth-feel that is sure to please lovers of bigger California chards. However, it also retains plenty of focus and drive in the finish. The wine shows layers of baked orchard fruit, ripe melon, peanut brittle and crème brûlée. Some spice and vanilla characters from the French oak lingers on the finish with some lovely mineral tones shining through. The wine is well balanced and elegant with a streak of bright acidity running through this richly flavored wine. An exceptional value in Chardonnay.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/2/2014  | Send Email
A powerful, rich, full bodied Chardonnay from Oldenburg, an exciting new producer that we have just started working with direct. I love that this wine has the creamy texture and plenty toasty oak that people love in some of California's greatest Chardonnays. However it also has lovely acidity, purity and drive on the palate that balances all the up-front richness. This wine will make a lot of people happy and the price is an absolute steal thanks to our direct import.
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Chardonnay

- 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, Mâcon, 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.
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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 (%): 14