Beau Joubert, Chardonnay, WO Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2009
Barrel fermented and matured, varietal chardonnay, screw cap closure, 14% abv, Gauntleys, bin end £5 (£10)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of freshly squeezed lemon juice, grapefruit, a hint of lime, citrus pith, melon, low-key hawthorn, honey, fresh green herbs, a whiff of struck match, and a whiff of spice and oak.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, a smooth almost lightly oily texture, a low-key grip, medium intensity, with flavours of lemon and grapefruit flesh, lemon boiled sweets, and a low-key oaky note. A medium (+) length with a clean citrussy finish with a slight bitterness and oakiness on the end.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with deft use of well-integrated oak, as witnessed by the aroma and flavour palettes along with some grip and extra body. Perfect balancing acidity with alcohol and flavour intensity, which is not quite medium (+); but with good concentration and quite some complexity, which keeps evolving, following onto a good length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is ready to drink now, and has balance, acidic structure, concentration, complexity and signs of tertiary development, to suggest room for further development and improvement over 2-3 years in cellar.