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Wine of the Week – Excelsior Chardonnay 2017


This Chardonnay from the De Wets of Excelsior in Ashton, South Africa makes a great, reasonably priced wine for restaurants and consumers alike. Chardonnay grapes were first planted in South Africa in the 1920s but the De Wets have a winemaking tradition that dates back to 1697! The soils of the Robertson area were once used for raising championship thoroughbred horses, Excelsior points out. Today, they’re used for making fine wines.
This reasonably priced ( $6/99-$8.99 retail) offers value to restaurants and customers alike.

Lime slopes near the river and the alluvial soils of the river area proved useful for growing grapes. Robertson is a warm, dry growing region specializing today in white wines. Three Chardonnay blends come together to yield flavors of green apple, pineapple and citrus. The creamy grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for nine months. The result is a wine with smoothness, elegance and acidity. Check the wine out from http://www.capeclassics.com.

Whites rule in summer months!

Dry, cool, refreshing white wines rule on hot summer days. From California’s Russian River Valley to the Loire Valley, we’ve recently discovered two that enhance the day and deliver pleasure.

Balletto 2015 Chardonnay, Teresa’s Unoaked comes from the Russian River Valley in California’s Sonoma County with its cool, foggy climate. It’s been consistent gold medal winner in various competitions.

John Balletto began making wine after starting out as a farmer right after high school and his dad’s untimely death. In 1998, three El Nino storms destroyed several plantings, each of which cost several million dollars. The home ranch had plantings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and Balletto began converting his vegetable acres to vineyards. Check out http://www.BallettoVineyards.com.

This Chardonnay was  grown in the Sebastopol Hills area with its steep 800 ft. elevation where the winery’s goal was expressive and pure offerings. Seeking to capture the essence of Chardonnay which it calls “pure, crisp and pretty,” and this vintage does that well. It’s 13.7% ABV with bright fruit aromas and earthy notes. Nicely structured, it’s a treat.

From the Loire Valley comes M De Mulonniére Chenin Blanc from Anjou. The Chateau has been making excellent wines since 1860. The Saget family acquired it in 2000.

This 12.5% ABV Chenin Blanc is bright and almost tingles. It’s soft and fresh, well balanced with notes of almond and acacia, grape and honey. It’s subtle and enchanting. Visit http://www.PasternakWine.com or http://www.Mulonniére.com. Serve as an aperitif – we think you’ll want more after the very first sip! 20160805_114336.jpg20160805_114032.jpg

Wine of the Week – Limestone Hill Chardonnay, 2012

Danie de Wets’ family began producing wine in South Africa’s Robertson Valley in the late 17th century but it wasn’t until the 20th century that he began urging his father to study European techniques and approaches to winemaking.
The winery pioneered European whites and has been winning awards ever since. Grapes grown in gravelly hills and fermented in stainless tanks are the basis of this wine with full body, fruity aromas of citrus, green apple and peach, and 13.5 percent alcohol.
The estate may have its 18th century architecture, but the winemaking’s cutting edge technology and emphasis on biodiversity sets it squarely in the 21st century. This lovely, dry chardonnay, is a winner of several medals in the competitive arena and for restaurateurs who choose it to complement white meats, seafood and fish. To learn more, check out http://www.dewetshof.co.za/