Niel Joubert Christine Marie Chardonnay 2017 (6 bottles)
Pairs well with fish and bold chicken dishes.
70% of the wine is oaked, 18 months in 1st and 2nd fill 225-litre French barriques. Expressive, forthcoming perfume, peaches and passion fruit, with a gentle savoury overlay. The oak influence is stronger on the palate, an oatmeal biscuit effect, quite textural, but well-judged, still in harmony with the fruit. The fresh finish lifts and brightens the flavours, making it good enough to drink on its own, although it's very food compatible.