South Africa’s top affordable chardonnays announced

Do you love chardonnay but do not want to sacrifice the proverbial arm and a leg? Well then, here’s a list of South Africa’s best chardonnays in the R60 – R100 price category that would put a smile on your dial.

In the inaugural Best Value Chardonnay Tastings 2019 of winemag.co.za, the submissions were across a fairly broad spectrum stylistically, from “lean and fresh” to “rich and full-bodied”. The wines that excelled, displayed varietal typicity with focused citrus or stone fruit purity as well as well-handled oak treatment where applicable.

Fifty per cent of the wines received scores of 86 and above, proving there is fantastic quality available within this price range. Hardly surprisingly, as it turned out, there were two shining examples from the Breede River Valley, one from the limestone soils of Robertson, which boasts the Cape’s biggest plantings of chardonnay, and one from Slanghoek in the Breedekloof. But then, as if to illustrate just how well chardonnay adapts to different growing conditions, even wines from the Wine of Origin “extremes” of cool-climate Cape Town and Calitzdorp in the semi-arid Klein Karoo did very well.

All the wines entered were tasted “blind” by the three judges. The top five #BestValue wines at this price point are as follows:

Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2018

Cape Town Wine Co Chardonnay 2018

De Krans Wild Ferment Unwooded Chardonnay 2018

Laibach The Ladybird (Woolworths) 2018

Slanghoek Private Selection Chardonnay 2019

Read the full tasting article, which includes key findings, tasting notes for the top five and scores on the 100-point quality scale.

Join the conversation and follow the action on twitter #BestValue

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