The Bergkelder Winery outside of Stellenbosch has recently been a star up-and-comer in the budget-priced range of expressive wines from South Africa.  Their Two Oceans Chardonnay 2009 is probably one of the better ones I’ve tried.

Chilled in the fridge for about 4 hours, I unscrewed the cap and poured some of this pale gold Chard into a large chilled glass and gave it a swirl.  Its 14% alcohol didn’t produce much legging, so I was interested. A slow and careful inhale brought scents of honey and citrus to the nose. For it being so lightly-colored, I was expecting a wishy-washy spritzich mouth-feel.  Instead, I am treated to a medium-full bodied tartness filled with oranges, lemons and grapefruits and a smooth vanilla finish.  The pleasantly light oakiness is rewarding for a wine so light in appearance.

I really enjoyed this with my dinner tonight of grilled chicken breast marinated in garlic chipotle. Ooo!  A whole trout stuffed with lemon slices and sprigs of rosemary wrapped in foil and roasted on the barbecue would be awesome too!  *drool

Two Oceans Chardonnay 2009.  Jou goeie gesondheid!

~tvb

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