International Chardonnay Day, Uva Mira scores with Tamlyn Currin…

The pristine wines of Uva Mira benefit from the location of its mountain vineyards, which are 620 metres above sea level at their highest point, as the climate falls into category two on the Winkler Scale. In layman’s terms this means it has a lot more in common with vineyards in France than their South African neighbours. This, alongside the decomposed granite soils, allows them to produce wines which are the finest expression of terroir we’ve seen from anywhere in the New World.

From these mountainous ascents they produce three styles of Chardonnay, all of which were rightfully praised recently on Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages with notes written by the erudite Tamlyn Currin who rated all three of the 2017 Chardonnays as Superior with 17 and above on the 20-point wine scoring scale. Below is a selection of her notes from each…

Uva Mira, Icon Chardonnay – scored 17.5++

“Beautiful nose – tucked in and not broadcasting loudly, but it transcribes itself directly on to the palate. Clarion-pure apricot fruit. Papaya, quince, florals, an electric volt of acidity. SO much life here! Superior, intense, concentrated and glorious. Curves playing with edges, like dolphin fins slicing through black ocean waves, arcing, glittering, grace, finesse, tightly synchronised power and beauty.” 

“I would be very, very interested to taste this in a line-up of £80 Chardonnays from around the globe.” 

Uva Mira, Single Tree Chardonnay – scored 17.5

“Smells like dulche de leche swirled through fresh cream. Baked bananas. Cashew granola. Oak and cream, although that turns sharper, yet still creamy, as it moves towards the mid palate – more like thick Greek yogurt. Lovely, with a gentle, almost sweetly curried golden spice. There is a dancing play of bitter dried lemon and grapefruit peel with the sweetness of dried golden currants and that ribbon of salted, lemon-laced caramel.” 

Uva Mira, The Mira Chardonnay – scored 17

“Deep lime, toasted coconut, green vineyard peach and intense Jamaican tangelo citrus. Despite being the cheapest of the Uva Mira wines, it is pulsing with thoroughbred gloss. Even better 24 hours after being opened – a strong coconut presence of oak on day one that is less brash, more melded on day two. Smells like grilled peaches and fresh papaya and clotted cream, but under that, a touch of sea shells. Fills the mouth. Generous and plump but there is plenty of well-sculpted muscle and bone structure here. Drive and length and complex layers. Umami; there is a definite taste of oysters here! Very complex, very interesting. Considering that its stablemates cost so much more, you’re looking at seriously good delivery-per-penny here if you can’t afford the cuvées that cost two and three times as much. But if I could afford their £80 wine, I would still mix a case up with the Single Tree and The Uva Mira, because each cuvée offers a different angle on Chardonnay and each one is delicious.” 

To celebrate International Chardonnay Day we’re offering a 10% discount on all three Chardonnays from Uva Mira or 15% if you follow Tamlyn’s unquestionable wisdom and order a mixed case of two bottles of each…

Click here for a mixed case and save 15%…

Click here to peruse the full range from Uva Mira…