Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2017
Uva Mira benefits 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.
This is their flagship Chardonnay, which won a gold medal with a score of 95/100 in this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, and is produced using only old oak to preserve the purity of the fruit resulting in a wine of a beguiling purity and perfect balance of understated power that it rivals the finest Grand Crus from Chablis.
The nose offers jasmine, white pear and orange blossom which entice you towards the palate, which is clean, crisp and full of a linear citrus driven character which segues into a delicate toasty finish.
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