With some grilled fish - salmon and cod - I opened these two bottles of Chardonnay. The Jordan was the clear winned among all, both on its own but also with the food. Need to get more bottles of this one.
2011 Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay
This stunner from South Africa only costs 22 Euro but behaves like a (at least) twice as expensive Burgundy. The nose is big, pure, racy and buttery with notes of white peaches, red currants, spices, summer flowers and some cap gun smoke. Deep and fine. A kind of Puligny scent. Very, very good.
The taste is tight, focused and fresh with notes of white peaches, cold butter, flint, fudge and warm grass. A fine acidity cleans the palate. Long and fine. Still young, this could evolve nicely for 3-5 years. Lovely!
92p (tasted 2013/07)
2011 Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay
A fine, creamy, deep nose with notes of lemon cream, white currants, pears, crushed rocks and summer flowers. Needs to come up in temperature befores the nice fruit show itself. After a while some matchbox aromas emerges. Fine.
The taste is big, creamy and lush with notes of fudge, lemon cream, white and red curranrs, sweet minerals and dried flowers. The finish is long, warm and upfront. This is drinking fine, but I think, especially in comparison with the Jordan, that it is a tad warm on the palate. A good wine all the same.
88p (tasted 2013/07)