Cape Landing Reserve Chardonnay 2022
The team like to describe their Chardonnay as the equivalent of an artist’s palette, thanks to an array of different clones, including the famous Gingin. It certainly all contributes to the complexity. They also have a deft hand with the oak, a light touch simply to enhance the structure and add to the overall impression. At this stage, integration is proceeding, though you have to look for it. A pale lemon hue here, this is both youthful and powerful. We have hints of crème brulee, stonefruits and tropicals, with peaches and mango to the fore supported by crunchy acidity with good focus and length. Enjoy over the rest of this decade and if you have the chance, give the wine an hour’s decant – it is not only red wines which can benefit from the practice.