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Cape Point Vineyards Chardonnay 750ml 2012
Sku: 1888369
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Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Cape Point
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Reg. $39.99
On Sale $33.39
Buy Cape Point Vineyards Chardonnay
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2012 Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and sees 10 months in 600-liter French oak barrels (30% new). It has a fine white peach and dried pineapple-scented bouquet that has fine lift and verve. The palate is bright and zest on the entry with a fine line of acidity, plenty of subtle pineapple and mango flavors, and a lithe, satisfying, vibrant finish. Very fine. Drink now-2016.  (Oct 2013)

Wine Spectator 91 points - Ripe and dense, with gorgeous white peach, Jonagold apple, melon and verbena flavors, lined with heather honey and glazed pear notes. The long finish feels languid at first but the acidity is well-buried, keeping this balanced in the end. Drink now. 450 cases made. –JM  (Apr 30 2014)

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Wine maker notes
Grapes for this wine are picked on the picturesque south facing Noordhoek slopes from the Peninsula’s southern most vineyards. Our Cape Point Vineyards Chardonnay is barrel fermented for 11 months in 40% new oak, and the remainder 2nd and 3rd fill barrels. The wine shows a complex array of citrus, apricot, oatmeal and honey flavours with strong minerality and some subtle toasty notes. This all follows onto a wonderfully full palate with crisp acids and great length. This chardonnay is drinking beautifully at present, but try to exercise patience as it will only improve over the next 2-5 years.

Producer
Cape Point Vineyards was established in 1996 by Sybrand van der Spuy, an investment banker by trade. Initially he settled in Noordhoek, on the Cape Peninsula, to start mining kaolin. However he quickly realized that this location would be ideal to grow vines. Sybrand purchased a property near the quarry and restored the old Dutch homestead. He also worked on replacing the invasive alien vegetation with indigenous fynbos and yellowwood trees. He then pursued his dream and planted vineyards overlooking the idyllic pearly white sand Noordhoek beach. In 1997 the first Sauvignon Blanc vineyard was finally planted against the mountain slope. The winery now has 30 ha under vines which are located on two estates; one in Noordhoek and the other one in Scarborough. Both estates benefit from their unique location on the Cape Peninsula at the confluence of the two oceans, namely the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. The Peninsula is a narrow strip of land, 7 Miles at its widest point where grapes enjoy slow-ripening conditions, ideal for producing premium wines. Cape Point Vineyards has identified two different types of terroirs each with its own specificities with regards to the soil and the climatic conditions. The Cape Peninsula is well known for its microclimates, mainly due to the ocean influences from both sides but also its mountain relief. On the cooler, South facing slopes of the Noordhoek estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon were planted.

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