Thelema Mountain Winery, Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2017


Welcome to your new favourite Chardonnay. This is the perfect wine to throw down the throat of anyone who stands by their "ABC (anything but chardonnay)" adage.   Yes it is oaked but my word is it delicious! Aged for 10 months in French oak before which it is lees aged adding an extra depth of flavour. In this corner of the world we have cool nights and warm, dry days during the growing season which leads to small berries of great quality and intense punchy flavour. This is both hearty, complex and wonderfully refined. Super with lobster, tuna, chicken and pork.


Ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, lemon citrus and pear. Lovely blossom as well as bready and toasty oak. Perhaps some marzipan?


All of the above. Hint of nuttiness. Clean with fantastic texture and body. Great length. Gorgeous Chardonnay.