|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
This is a really lovely surprise at just 12.5% alcohol and this is because winemaker Rianie Strydom gained experience making wine in Burgundy, as a result she always wants her wines to display poise and balance and this wine does that beautifully. Lovely bright fig, peach and some fresh tropical notes with a touch of cream and nut. The palate has real freshness, a great core of ripe fruit, a touch smoky, then a rich acid lift to the long buttery finish. Rating: 92 L&S (Nov 2016)
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South African Chardonnay is generally underpriced but this extremely accomplished example, made by outstanding winemaker Rianie Strydom, even has some age on it. Ridiculously underpriced in a Burgundian context. Smoky fresh with a lively green streak enriched by a marzipan note. 13%Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2018)
Smoky fresh with green streak and really exciting and pacy. Marzipan note. Very good value. Drinking range: 2018 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2018)
Quite a leesy nose. Real interest and balance. Clearly made with great precision. Long and throbbing. An excellent wine if it's the entry-level one! VGV Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2017)
Combines plenty of smoky oak with tart crab apple fruit, full body and grainy, long finish. Satisfying, fulsome and classic, but not over-oaked. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jul 2017)
This Cape Chardonnay from Haskell VIneyards looks the part with its smart black label and to an extent it is, showing ripe butterscotchy aromatic notes and plenty of light buttered toast fruit on the tongue, albeit more restrained than the aromas suggest, as its texture is nicely complemented by a trenchant blade of grapefruity acidity. Rating: 87 www.thewinegang.com(Jun 2017)
The Dombeya range comes from a 23 hectare property in the Helderberg, the sought-after sub-region of Stellenbosch. The estate also makes the 'Haskell Vineyards' range, named after owner preston Haskell. Dombeya was the original name for the estate, taken from a wild pear tree which grows locally.
Founding winemaker Rianie Strydom, who developed the wines here, has now passed over the winemaking to Rudolph Steenkamp, who joined as winemaker and vineyard manager in June 2018. Rudolph has been four years as assistant winemaker at Groot Constantia, and has also worked in France.
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