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Excelsior Chardonnay 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

This crisp, mouthwatering bottling is a blend of Excelsior’s three best Chardonnay blocks. It displays lively flavors of green apple, citrus, and pineapple on a full, creamy palate. Hints of orange blossom and mineral and delicate toasty notes round out the package in this versatile and accessible everyday value. 75% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks for 14 days, and the remaining 25% was fermented and aged on its lees in French oak.

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Excelsior:
Excelsior is a winery in Ashton in the Robertson region of South Africa that has been in the De Wet family since 1870. Freddie and son Peter De Wet currently oversee operations. The 220 ha of vines are dedicated to international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are hand picked and cultivated using a minimal amount of chemicals. ... Read more
Excelsior is a winery in Ashton in the Robertson region of South Africa that has been in the De Wet family since 1870. Freddie and son Peter De Wet currently oversee operations. The 220 ha of vines are dedicated to international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are hand picked and cultivated using a minimal amount of chemicals. The wines are produced as full-bodied, intense expressions of the varietals.  Read less

Editorial Reviews for Excelsior Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,195
3.00 5
06/29/2010

Low keyed on the nose with sweet bubblegum tones over a bed of lightly spicy pear fruit. This enters the mouth with a creamy edge then gains some nice tension on the mid-palate. It’s showing some nice wood spice tones but they float under the lightly creamy, orange and almost syrupy peach fruit of the mid-palate. The finish is light and reveals a bit more vanilla toned oak influence paired with nice, vibrant and refreshing green apple acids. 85pts


External Reviews for Excelsior Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This lively Chardonnay starts with lemon, lime and pear on the nose, followed by a terrific combination of crisp citrus fruit and oaky, white fruit roundness. Elegant but fun, it's a perfect food wine. Think spicy ethnic cuisine, grilled seafood, salads. Imported by Cape Classics.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

On the light side, with pear and flint notes, and a touch of lime on the crisp finish. Refreshing. Nice value.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Throughout this wine is an herbiness typical to South African wines. In this case, the herbal notes are offset by toast, cream, peach and lemon. This has very good body, finishing with intense fruit.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
11/06/2010

Elegant and approachable, this Chardonnay has appealing lemon and lime flavors, with hints of vanilla. Delicate peach nuances linger on the crisp, dry finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Pale yellow. Citrus peel on the nose. Sweet and juicy, with ripe acidity framing the citrus and nectarine flavors. Boasts good intensity and varietal character. Finishes with hints of pineapple and crystallized lemon peel.


External Review
Source: WineChateau.com
03/27/2010

Bright lime green hue. Hints of peach, marmalade and orange blossom on the nose. Green apple fruit flavours on a full creamy palate. Calling Card: Only very lightly oaked for everyday drinking.


External Review
12/26/2010

A medium-bodied Chardonnay with a pale golden color, fruity aromas, and floral honey notes to round out the apple and lemon-lime flavors. With its creamy texture, this would be spectacular with a dish like shrimp étouffée.


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This crisp, mouthwatering bottling is a blend of Excelsior’s three best Chardonnay blocks. It displays lively flavors of green apple, citrus, and pineapple on a full, creamy palate. Hints of orange blossom and mineral and delicate toasty notes round out the package in this versatile and accessible everyday value. 75% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks for 14 days, and the remaining 25% was fermented and aged on its lees in French oak.

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