Ripped Sauvignon Blanc from the Kaalvoet Meisie

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The nearest South Africa comes to Chablis has nothing to do with Chardonnay. That searing slash of steely minerality found in Chablis is amiss from unwooded South African Chardonnays. Whilst some wines do offer some of those features wine boffins refer to as tense, nervous, edgy or wired, the country’s southern sunshine and its eagerness to ripen Chardonnay prevent the stony and anguished structure of the fruit from penetrating the juice.

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Between a Rock and a Chablis Place

I am having a slight disagreement with Danie de Wet about limestone, that integral soil component needed for the growing of great Chardonnay grapes. And the debate’s gist involves creepy-crawlies and seashells.

Robertson, home to Danie and De Wetshof, also has the highest limestone content of any South African wine-producing region. Like Burgundy and Champagne has shown, Chardonnay comes to the fore in chalky lands. It has to do with pH and balance in the wines; structure and verve and longevity.

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Screw-Capped Wines to Get an Own Glass

The enjoyment and appreciation of wine has been taken to new heights by iconic wine glass maker Riedel. This Austrian company, which has been making glasses since 1756, is known for offering an array of stemware individually shaped to enhance the aromas and flavours of different wines and wine styles, as well as Coca-Cola.

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