Capensis, Western Cape (South Africa) Chardonnay 2020

($80, Sovereign Wine Imports):  Unsurprisingly, this Chardonnay, with its 14.5 percent stated alcohol, delivers considerably more oomph than Capensis’ Silene bottling.  More complexity accompanies the additional power, yet the wine is not flamboyant or over-the-top.  There is a subtle melon-like fruitiness.  It also displays a captivating minerality.  Bright acidity imbues it with energy and balances its weight nicely.
93 Michael Apstein May 14, 2024