Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Brampton is the second line of wines from South Africa’s famed Rustenberg Winery in Stellenbosch. I have been a fan of these wines for some time due to the enormous value they represent. Two of my favorites in the line are the Chardonnay and Viognier, both offering great value for the impending summer weather.

The Chardonnay 2008 is completely unoaked and showing clean notes of mineral and spice in the nose with flavors of stone fruit, slightly citrusy tones and clean, crisp acidity. A refreshing style of Chardonnay that would lend well to grilled fish and chicken dishes.

The Viognier 2007 is somewhat unique in that there isn’t a great deal of Viognier coming from the Cape. This particular white Rhone-styled wine sees 7 months in French oak barrique and French oak hogshead, lending to the creamy nuances experienced on the palate. Peach, melon and apricot aromas and flavors abound in this delicious white wine, and would be great with spicier fare.

We’ve been proud to carry these and all the wines from Brampton and Rustenberg for some time. Drop in and pick some up to try.

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