David Finlayson Chardonnay 2020, Stellenbosch
Finlayson Chardonnay over-delivers in a classy style with depth and breadth. While too many new world Chardonnays claim to be “Burgundian”, this example truly seems to be chasing a Meursault style. It jumps from the glass with ripe and bright apples and lemons, accompanied by toasted sourdough and minerals. The acidity is still fresh, since only 30% of this wine underwent malolactic conversion. It spent 10 months in French oak barrels of various ages.