Indaba Chardonnay 2011 – In Da Zone

Walking the fine line of oak.

100% Chardonnay from Western Cape, South Africa.

SRP of $10 and available for as low as $6. Sample received courtesy Cape Classics for review purposes.

From the bottle:

“Indaba is the traditional Zulu forum for sharing ideas. In this spirit we collaborate to produce great wines.

Citrus and tropical fruit aromas lead to a crisp, fresh palate with mouth-filling flavors of apple, pear, honey, and pineapple. A gentle kiss of oak adds a creamy butterscotch nuance and wonderful depth. This versatile white pairs beautifully with salads, egg-based dishes, shellfish and pasta with cream sauce.

World-wide sales of Indaba wines help fund the Indaba scholarship, established to open the wine industry to a new generation of South Africans.

13.0% Alcohol”

To oak, or not to oak, that is the question. And your answer to this question is really a matter of personal preference. For myself, I fall more on the fruit side, although I do appreciate a bit of oak aging. So for me today’s wine walks almost the perfect balance with a just enough oak to enhance the flavors of the wine without overpowering them and give it just a bit of a creamy texture. In other words, this wine is in the zone.

The 2011 Indaba Chardonnay begins with pleasant aromas of pineapple, pear, apple and zesty orange. The wine tastes fresh, crisp and slightly creamy with excellent flavors of pear, pineapple and a bit of honey. On the medium length finish the juicy fruit turns tart and tangy with just a few hints of buttery oak poking through. A sure winner for as little as $6.

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Taste Rating: 7              Cost Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 7.8

Highly Recommended

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