Epicurean Chardonnay 2020 [sample]

Epicurean: a person devoted to sensual enjoyment, especially derived from fine food and drink.

I don’t know about you, but I can identity with this.

The Wine:

Medium lemon with a heavenly pronounced nose of lemon curd, buttered toast, caramelised peaches dusted in cinnamon and nutmeg, tangy dried apricots, tinned pineapples, some light cream cheese, toasted hazelnuts, mouthwatering salinity, and a breath of campfire smoke.

Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) bodied, medium alcohol, and a medium (+) finish. The palate is vibrant with ripe juicy lemons...and a steady baseline of bitter fennel, almond skin and fynbos lends structure. There’s also a grip and grapefruit peel zing that I associate with skin contact which creates an exciting push-pull counterpoint to the slinky mouthfeel.

Vini + Viti:

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Final thoughts: 

At a premium price point, and with the slightly overwhelmingly luxurious packaging I was nervous to open this at first. But then realised that the box is an added extra...perfect for gifting! It’s a well made wine from my new favourite Chardonnay region, Elgin. It shows restrained opulence...ripe but fresh and with oak charm that supports the fruit with subtle complexity rather than distracting from the wine. Founded by four friends, this wine certainly aligns with their philosophy that ‘wine is grown in the vineyard, not made in the cellar’.

The Epicurean story is one that I admire: UCT wine society members who've nurtured a 20+ year friendship, garnered success in their respective fields, and their pursuit of excellence. Black excellence! They’re another of the handful of stories that I tell to inspire the next generation...build success in your chosen field, because it will open doors to further (rather delicious) success.

Many thanks to Epicurean Wines for sharing this wonderful wine with me.

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