Capensis, Stellenbosch (Western Cape, South Africa) Chardonnay “Fijnbosch” 2020

($115, Sovereign Wine Imports):  The Fijnbosch bottling, the weightiest of this trio of Capensis Chardonnays, still manages not to avoid the buttery and overdone trap.  Instead, it is rich and creamy, quite delectable.  Bright backbone keeps it fresh and in balance.  The oak speaks a bit loudly at this stage, so if you find that component troublesome, give it a year or so in the cellar to allow it to integrate.  For those who treasure Chardonnay with power, pop the cork now.
93 Michael Apstein May 14, 2024