Toastiness from wood is clear on the nose. On the palate, the overwhelming flavor is artificial apple candy with a very light spritz of lemon. The finish has a lingering chemical taste. This wine scored two out of five points at the Palate Press Grand Tasting. Imported by Cape Classics.

WHO: Excelsior
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Breede River Valley, South Africa
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $9 (Media sample)

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