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Kloovenburg Chardonnay Swartland South Africa 2010

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Pieter Du Toit's Kloovenburg estate is definitely off the beaten track, hidden away on the Kasteel Mountain, to the northeast of Cape Town. Pieter is the walking definition of a perfectionist as shown by the fact that he had a new vineyard dug up and replanted to make sure that the rows were straight! Both viticulture and winemaking are done very much by hand with a healthy suspicion of new fangledism clearly evident around the estate. Having started out making Shiraz, Pieter now also makes superb examples of Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet, all of which thrive among the olive trees which Pieter's wife Annalene uses to make one of South Africa's finest olive oils. This wine has complex layers of citrus fruit enhanced by elegant oak delivers this well-structured Kloovenburg Chardonnay. A nose of intense citrus and hints of dried apricots intrigues and follows through on a silky palate finishing in a lingering aftertaste.

Region: South Africa » Swartland

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  • 2010

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Winery: Kloovenburg
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Pieter Du Toit's Kloovenburg estate is definitely off the beaten track, hidden away on the Kasteel Mountain, to the northeast of Cape Town. Pieter is the walking definition of a perfectionist as shown by the fact that he had a new vineyard dug up and replanted to make sure that the rows were straight! Both viticulture and winemaking are done very much by hand with a healthy suspicion of new fangledism clearly evident around the estate. Having started out making Shiraz, Pieter now also makes superb examples of Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet, all of which thrive among the olive trees which Pieter's wife Annalene uses to make one of South Africa's finest olive oils. This wine has complex layers of citrus fruit enhanced by elegant oak delivers this well-structured Kloovenburg Chardonnay. A nose of intense citrus and hints of dried apricots intrigues and follows through on a silky palate finishing in a lingering aftertaste.

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