House Of Mandela Royal Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from South Africa

$23.99
Item No. 123645
  • white wine
  • ST88
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.4%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

This fine wine has a pale, gold color with tinges of green reflecting its youth. The nose shows typical aromatics of citrus and lime with light, toasted notes. There is a definite minerality on the nose, reflecting the cool terroir of the Elgin region and the microclimate of the vineyards on these rolling hills. These citrus, lime and brioche aromatics continue onto the mid-palate. The wine reflects a balance between fruit and natural acidity and the long finish shows balanced oak integration.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright yellow. Musky peach and apple aromas are complicated by a leesy nuance. A major step up in concentration from the basic chardonnay, with bright acidity framing and lifting the fruit-driven flavors of peach, lemon and pineapple. Finishes firm and persistent, with good flavor authority."
88 Points

Learn About House Of Mandela

The bee symbolizes the House of Mandela, it represents courage, compassion and a concern for others. Through sharing acts of kindness it invokes numerous relationship circles with family, friends and the broader community. It has a central function in our ecosystem as the pollinator of food crops and without it our world would be changed forever. The wings of the Bee also...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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