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Chardonnay, 2011. Zee
Item # V0813W2IR

Chardonnay, 2011. Zee

Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Simonsberg, South Africa
Color: Pale
Nose: Melon and apple
Palate: Fresh melon, pear and pineapple
Finish: Clean, crisp and citrusy with shy fruit
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2014
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South Africa's principle grape growing districts are all huddled at the very tip on the country around the Cape of Good Hope. Grapes were planted in Constantia by Dutch traders in the 1650s for the purpose of making wine. It was the first stop for ships sailing from Australia to Europe because they believed wine would cure scurvy, a common problem for sailors at the time.

Zee wines are owned by Jenny and Lance Bouma. They are made from grapes grown at Anura Vineyards, an award winning South African estate situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch in the foothills of the Simonsberg mountain range. Anura Vineyards has been awarded the Veritas Award for the third best winery in South Africa in 2010. In addition, Anura Vineyards has supplied wines to South African Airways and are served in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort.

The Bouma family purchased the Anura estate in 1989. For 10 years, Tymen Bouma developed the farm from the original 2 blocks of vineyards into 260 acres of vines, with a production potential of 800 tons. Until Anura's first own vintage in 2001, all grapes were sold to neighboring estates.

In the vineyards, Tymen strives to match each varietal with the vineyard practices that best suit that particular varietal which includes specific canopy management, yield control, trellising the vines and irrigation-control. Grapes are harvested by hand at optimum ripeness and hands sorted so only the best bunches are brought to the crushing phase. Careful attention is paid to ensure that the character of each lot of grapes is carried through to the bottle, including decisions on crushing, fermentation, filtration and barrel aging.

Zee produces wines of individual character that combines the robust fruit of the New World with the elegance and complexity of the Old World, wines that consistently reflect their origin and the unique characteristics of Anura's terroir. Zee's Chardonnay is made in an accessible, crisp and fruity style with the use of very little oak maturation. Grapes are selected from different vineyard blocks with great attention to fruit quality, variety character and terroir. This is an elegant beauty offering piquant citrus and tropical flavors which would match well with crab cakes.

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