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Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog
NV "Solstice", Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14% RS: .14%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19.95

Leopard Frog
NV "Solstice", Chardonnay, Stellenbosch

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14% RS: .14%
Brilliant light gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of cashew brittle, grilled pineapple and apple, and volcanic rock with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, elegant, long finish displaying notes of guava and passionfruit, coconut cream, and baking spice with fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, toasty, creamy oaky chardonnay with nice fruit and oak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: cashew brittle, grilled pineapple and apple, and volcanic rock
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of guava and passionfruit, coconut cream, and baking spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Buttered Lobster, Grilled Sea Scallops, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, toasty, creamy oaky chardonnay with nice fruit and oak.

The Importer

Leopard Frog Vineyards

The Importer
8 Royal Ascot Lane
Sandown, Sandton 2196
South Africa
27 11-884-3304

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.