Read Decanter's tasting note for Jordan, Nine Yards Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa: a white wine, says the wine maker, for red wine drinkers.
Jordan, Nine Yards Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2010
Another blue chip Chardonnay which is a complete contrast to the Bateleur. This single vineyard, full throttle expression of Jordan terroir takes no prisoners. Winemaker, Sjaak Nelson, ferments the juice in barriques (virtually entirely new French oak) and then ages it sur lie for a further 12 months in oak during which he rolls the barrels to accentuate the leesy character.
According to Nelson, it is a white wine for red wine drinkers. Expansive, big, spicy, voluptuous, with butterscotch, cloves, pear and minerals. Rich exotic and memorably long.
Taster John Stimpfig
Tasted in South Africa in September 2015.