Chardonnay is ever evolving, producing clean and crisp white wine as well as barrel-aged, richer wines. The versatility of the winemaking processes used with the Chardonnay grape mean that a universal flavour is hard to pinpoint, though an underlying smokiness is often said to be an indicator of a chardonnay. While Chardonnay has become so popular it’s a brand unto itself, most wine drinkers know it as the grape which produces great wine.
In South Africa, Chardonnay wine is characterised by flavours of fruit, notably peach and citrus. There are also spicy and woody notes, mainly oak, due to the barrels Chardonnay wines are fermented in. With a full-bodied texture, South African Chardonnays provide a rich tasting experience. The mineral balance of the wine is important, with care taken to ensure the correct levels of salinity and acidity. South African Chardonnay is deservedly popular due to the high quality of every aspect of the wine.