Alex Dale, the winemaker behind the delicious Granite Ridge label, has a fascinating background that lets you get a glimpse of what you might get in this Chardonnay. This wine may be from South Africa but Alex is an Englishman. However, Alex’s wine coming-of-age happened in France. Burgundy to be specific, renowned for their crisp Chardonnays. The Granite Ridge is an homage to this French style that Alex loves, with a little bit of South African flair. Fresh lemony and citrus notes lead with balancing acidity. A beautiful example of a Chardonnay that truly shines.
Many people turn away from Chardonnay because they think of buttery California chards. This Chardonnay is not your grandma’s chardonnay. South African Chardonnays are crisp and fresh because they aren’t aged in oak, but instead stainless steel barrels. You won’t believe how refreshing this Chardonnay is (nor how much you love a Chard).