These South African wines are on a roll.
I tried a very good red one the other day (from Kleine Zalze) and now I have moved on to the whites. As I stated in another post about the wines of South Africa, I have never really been a big fan of them but they are now producing some very good wines at reasonable prices. I think one of the problems I had with South African wines was not that they were horrendous (although many did fall into that category) but that the really good ones were expensive. I just could not justify paying £30 or more for a wine which, while good, was not, in my opinion, value for money.
It appears that the South Africans are stepping up their game and the quality to price ratio is becoming more balanced. Case in point, the Lourensford Winemaker’s Selection 2011 Chardonnay. Lourensford is fairly new producer but the land was once part of the Vergelegen estate and founded in 1700. The property was purchased in 1998 by Dr. Christo Weise, a South African retail magnate, and the first vines were planted in 2000.
Dr. Weise’s goal was to make Lourensford one of the premier wine estates of South Africa. The excellent soils, diverse micro-climate and state of the art winery all contribute to making excellent wines.
The Lourensford Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay 2011 recently won a Silver Outstanding Award at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. I tried it the other day and I can see why it won a medal. Bursting with tropical fruits and a long lime accented finish. Well integrated oak on the palate, the wine has a creamy mouth feel to it. I really enjoyed this wine with roast chicken and mashed potatoes.
The wine is available from Slurp.co.uk and retails for £11.99.