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24 October 2013
The 2013 Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report, drawn up by wine commentator Christian Eedes in partnership with Sanlam Private Investments (SPI), aims to celebrate the top-end of what Eedes describes as ‘the wine with a universal following – arguably the best dry white wine in the world’.
An expert judging panel, led by Eedes, selected the country’s top 10 Chardonnays after tasting 60 wines which fared well in recent local or international competitions, as well as wines Eedes considered to be the best in their field. “Our aim was an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the category in question, and all wines submitted received a rating and a detailed tasting note,” says Eedes.
Eedes says the stylistic variation of Chardonnays has never been wider. “There seems to be a growing realisation that to compete at the top end of the market, playing it safe is not going to cut it. Consequently, there are some really innovative, even wacky, wines out there.”
He says although in recent times the trend has been towards wines that are clean and crisp, there seems to be a shift back to making more mouth-filling, broad-flavoured wines. “There are two five-star wines in this report. The Groot Constantia 2012 has a good core of fruit, oak adding heft, bright acidity and a saline finish; and the Paul Cluver 2012 is pure and focused, with a lovely tension between concentrated fruit and a riveting line of acidity – a very classy offering.”
Daniël Kriel, chief executive officer of SPI, says SPI is delighted to have once again partnered with Christian Eedes in the compiling of this year’s Chardonnay Report. “From an investor’s perspective, fine wine is a ‘passion investment’ and has historically served investors well. As an alternative investment option for high net worth clients, it is likely to continue to grow in worth. This report is an excellent reference for potential investors to identify top-quality South African wines. Congratulations to the winning winemakers – the top 10 wines were truly a delight to taste.”
The Christian Eedes Top Ten Chardonnay wines for 2013 are:
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