Wine(s) of the Week – Summer whites

Lindeman’s Bin 65 Chardonnay 2015

This wine, from Lindeman’s in Southeastern Australia, is part of the winery’s Bin Series which today, consists of 17 wines. Fresh and easy-drinking, it’s a good example of founder Henry Lindeman’s theory that both life and wine were meant to be enjoyed.

As summer approaches, this fruity and approachable offering offers peach, fig and rock melon hints along with toasty oak. It’s medium bodied with a crisp finish and works well with seafood dishes.

Topiary Chardonnay 2015

From Franschhoek, South Africa comes this lovely Chardonnay, produced by Topiary in a state-of-the-art winery with long roots. French Huguenot settlers fleeing persecution came here in 1688. A very long time afterwards, Philippe Colin and business partner, Serge Jaczynski, purchased Topiary in 2014, bringing four generations of Burgundian winemaking with him. The wine, which is 14 percent ABV, is rich with good minerality and citrus notes (lemon and lime along with jasmine and honeysuckle notes) and has received wide acclaim.

The vines are ll years old and 2015 saw a good vintage and early harvest. Imported by Cape Classics, it’s well balanced and makes a great addition to late Spring/Summer wine by the glass lists.

Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2014

“Original” Raats Family Wines celebrate Chenin Blanc “at its most natural,” the winery declares, and is crafted with no  oak to preserve its flavors, says winemaker Bruwer Raats whose family has had a lifelong passion for Chenin. The vines are anywhere from 15 to 67 years old, and the grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks. This Chenin offers apple and pineapple notes as well as green melon and line, and has crispness and excellent minerality. Legend has it that members of the family brought Chenin vines to South Africa from the Loire Valley in France many years ago.

Raats specializes in Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The 2015 Original Chenin received a rating of 90 points from Wine Spectator in late 2016. It is imported by Cape Classics.

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