Platters 2016 White wine of the Year
The Warwick White lady Chardonnay has burst onto the South African fine wine scene with the Platter "White Wine of the Year" in the 2016 guide for the 2014 vintage. If you like classy oaked Chardonnay you’ll be delighted by this wine. The nose has layers of flowers, minerals and stones, with loads of white nectarine fruit interspersed with the nuttiness of poached pear. The palate is silky yet austere, with a rounder finish that gives its personality but with a clean and long lemon flavoured finish. It shows the epitome of balance with delicate flavours that keep emerging throughout its exceedingly persistent finish.
Try it with an Oriental dish like Hokkien noodles with chicken, chilli and bean sprouts, the wine can certainly hold a touch of heat, or more classic with a béarnaise gratinated salmon and a fresh herb salad. This Chardonnay is very versatile, and a simple Camembert and crusty bread will work just as well.
The trend seems to be to drink Chardonnay younger these days as wine lovers seem to enjoy the primary fruit aromas of freshly cut pear, mandarin and mineral notes more than the more secondary, developed, aged ones of vanilla beans, honey, anise and honeysuckle blossom. Drink it in the way that you best enjoy it. This Chardonnay will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle ageing and will continue to develop for up to 10 years, if you are disciplined to wait that long.
Warwick has a lengthy history dating back to when it was named “De Goede Sukses” from 1771 to 1902, until the farm was bought in 1902 by Colonel William Alexander Gordon and he renamed to the current name. Warwick wine farm was purchased by Stan Ratcliffe in 1964 and is now a family-owned and run wine estate. Ratcliffe’s wife, Norma, took to the craft of wine-making and found she had a natural talent. She is often referred to as “The First Lady” because she was one of the first women to make wine in South Africa. The award-winning wine range features three white and six red wines.
Alcohol: 13.5% vol
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