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2009 Rustenberg Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay

Appellation: Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay  14.5% ABV.  Light gold in the glass, pretty color.  Nose is dominated by citrus, lemon and grapefruit, with a little floral component and minerals.  Citrus and minerals on the palate, maybe a little pineapple.  Smooth mouthfeel.  Very nice acidity, and a nice finish.  Crisp.  Really nice.  Will match well with sole stuffed with crab, or a Caesar salad – might be a bit light if you put grilled chicken on it, but give it a go.  Would be a great crowd pleaser, and a nice aperitif as well.
Rating: 4/5;  17/20;  88/100
Price: $12.99 at Beltway Fine Wine

A note on ratings:  I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing.  As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases.  However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s.  I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents.  I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score.   On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.

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