2011 Glenelly Estate Chardonnay Grand Vin


  • South Africa
  • Coastal Region
  • Stellenbosch

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Community Tasting Note

  • gunpwdr Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 10, 2012 - Nose: Sweet but piercing lemons, smoke, and a hint of oyster shell and some wet stones, all framed by this delicate apricot membrane. Palate: Sweet, apricot-laced lemons and tons of acidity on the attack. Crisp and refreshing acidity forms the bulk of the mid-palate. Lemons linger strongly on the finish along with a very slight hint of oak spice and butter.

    I've long shunned South African wines after a handful of unmemorable experiences with chardonnay and pinot, but this chardonnay, at ~$21, drinks a lot like something in between a Meursault and Chablis. I only picked one up to try on a routine trip to Costco, but I will be back for more.


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