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Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay 2013

Neither one thing nor the other.

From all accounts unoaked Chardonnay is enjoying increasing commercial success locally but I remain bemused by it. Take the 2013 vintage of The First Lady from Warwick in Stellenbosch (R75 a bottle). Named in honour of the property’s matriarch Norma … [Read more...]

Glen Carlou Unwooded Chardonnay 2012

Newly hatched.

Production of the maiden Unwooded Chardonnay 2011 from Glen Carlou in Paarl amounted to one Nomblot egg (or 1 600 litres) and was sold exclusively via the winery’s tasting room and restaurant. The reception from punters the wine received was so … [Read more...]

Eikendal Janina Chardonnay Unwooded 2011


When encountering an unwooded Chardonnay, I can’t help referencing it against the wines of Chablis, the appellation comprising the most northern vineyards of Burgundy and typically making wonderfully fresh, austere wines. Locally, unwooded Chardonnay … [Read more...]