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Tesselaarsdal Wines Chardonnay 2020

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750ML / 12.75% ABV
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750ML / 12.75% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A bright, tight, and pure Chardonnay with lifted primary fruit character and notes of citrus blossom, sweet lemongrass, and lees spice with a pleasing dusty minerality, introduce a long, gentle palate, again very expressive but also deliciously classical and restrained. This is an elegant and age-worthy wine with almost crystalline purity.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

An instant success, the 2020 Chardonnay burst from the glass with bright citrus, lemon pastry cream, yellow apple and hints of crème brûlée with brown baking spices. Medium-bodied, the palate explodes with mouthwatering acidity, framed by ripe citrus and pomaceous fruit tones while showing a balanced mid-palate. Persistent flavors of white peach, lemon drop and wax melon drive the long-lingering and ever-evolving finish. It's an absolutely delicious wine that I cannot wait to retry in 10 years' time. Bravo!

WS 91
Wine Spectator
Crisp acidity and a minerally underpinning define flavors of melon and tangerine fruit and accents of lime blossom, chopped hazelnut and fleur de sel in this lithe and vibrant, medium-bodied white. Drink now through 2026.
JS 90
James Suckling
Apricots, peach pits, waxed lemons and blanched almonds on the nose. Medium-bodied with tangy acidity and a smooth, stony palate. Some creamy yoghurt notes at the finish.
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Berene Sauls has exceeded all expectations with Tesselaarsdal. In more than one respect, Tesselaarsdaal is a breakthrough. Formerly employed by Hamilton Russell Estates and mentored by Anthony Hamilton Russell, not only is the first wine project for Berene, but importantly it is the first wine project wholly-owned by a member of a “previously disadvantaged community” in the Hemel-en-Aarde area and, indeed, the Overstrand. The wine is named after the historic rural hamlet Tesselaarsdal, not far from Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, where Berene was born. It was at Tesselaarsdal where Berene’s ancestors once lived as freed slaves on land bequeathed to them in 1810 by former East India Company Settler, Johannes Tesselaar. The naming of her first wine appropriately honors her roots. Tesselaarsdal Pinot Noir and Chardonnay continue the legacy of the Sauls and the Tesselaarsdal farm.

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With an important wine renaissance in full swing, impressive red and white bargains abound in South Africa. The country has a particularly long and rich history with winemaking, especially considering its status as part of the “New World.” In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century.

Today, however, South Africa is increasingly responsible for high-demand, high-quality wines—a blessing to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot. But the Benguela Current from Antarctica provides brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening of grapes. Similarly, cooler, high-elevation vineyard sites throughout South Africa offer similar, favorable growing conditions.

South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for red-fruit-driven, spicy, earthy reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following close behind.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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