South African Chardonnay at a Bargain

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South African Chardonnay at a Bargain South Africa is slowly regaining her former vinous glory. With a centuries old tradition of fine winemaking, the level of resistance towards trying South Africa’s latest releases is surprising. Out of favor, and without a strong voice to support it, the South African wine industry has been slowly adjusting prices and quality hoping to find a sweet spot that will crack the market open.

The style of most South African Chardonnays tends to straddle the ideas of the new and old world. There is definitely enough heat available during the growing season to allow for rather rich wine, keeping acids high and flavors crisp.

It’s a style that I find appealing, and with my renewed interest in Chardonnay, I’m happy to report that there are several excellent examples on the market to choose from, all priced under $20 and offering good QPR. As you can see, we’ve added a very rudimentary QPR for each wine as an additional data point for you to use when making purchasing decisions.

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  • Snooth User: dsmith2
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    I love the South Africa wines, I drink the reds though. I bought a bottle one time because it was reasonable and I never tried it before, it was Sebeka Wines. The problem I have is finding it in my area, but I did find another brand, Herding Cats, that is a South African wine, that i like also.

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

  • you should try, Fairvalley, and the Jardin wines, Iona has absolute awesome wines, and then Paul Cluver should not be left out.

    Oct 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM

  • The Paul Cluver Chard is amazing, wild yeast fermented and from what I understand there is no sulfer added either. I'm also a big fan of the Jardin unoaked chardonnay!

    Oct 27, 2011 at 11:12 AM

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