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2013 Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay, Overberg

2013 Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay, Overberg

White | Drink now | Anthonij Rupert | Code:  27716 | 2013 | South Africa > Swartland | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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WA

90/100

TANZER

89/100

WA - The 2013 Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay was picked February 25, cropped at 8 tons per hectare and matured for 11 months in 600-liter French oak barrel. It has a well-defined bouquet with crisp tropical fruit, peach and dried pineapple that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well-balanced, lithe in the mouth with nicely judged acidity and touches of almond and pine nuts towards the considered finish. Very fine. Drink now-2016.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate, October 2014

TANZER - Bright light yellow. Complex aromas of lemon, lime, minerals and chalk (from all Dijon clones). Concentrated, smooth and elegant, with a rather high 6.8 g/l r.s. nicely buffered by firm acidity. Brisk flavors of lemon oil, lime and mint. Very little sign of oak here--and nothing phenolic about the energetic, long finish. This was the first vintage for which some 600-liter barrels were used, and the result was a wine of greater finesse, according to Robertson.
Stephen Tanzer - Vinous, April 2015

The Producer

Anthonij Rupert

Anthonij Rupert

From its home base on historic L’Ormarins wine farm beneath the jagged peaks of the Groot Drakenstein mountains in Franschhoek, Anthonij Rupert Wines has cast its net wide, across the length and breadth of the Cape winelands, in search of what it takes to make the finest wines this corner of the winemaking world has to offer.

The Grape

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

The Region

Swartland

Swartland

After Stellenbosch, t, the west coast district of Swartland (25 miles due north of Cape Town, between the towns of Malmesbury and Piketberg) now ranks as the Cape's most exciting wine-producing district.

Settled initially by nomadic Khoikhoi from Namibia, the Dutch brought trade, vines and unrest to the region in the 17th century.

The British then transformed the area into the Cape's bread basket, viticulture being developed only more recently. This contrasts with an ancient geology which has brought a mix of shale, arenite sandstone and granite soils air-conditioned by the Atlantic Ocean nearby.

Chenin Blanc and Shiraz seem to do best, as exemplified by the wines of Eben Sadie and Mullineux.

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