The Wine of the Week by Annette Tomei
Annette is the founder of VinEducation, where she is a food and beverage educator and consultant. She is also a professional chef who frequently contributes delicious recipes to EatSomethingSexy.com.
A couple months ago, I wrote about a traditional Old World-style Chardonnay, a Bourgogne Blanc. This week’s wine is a New World-style Chardonnay from South Africa – a region relatively new to the cultivation of this classic grape. As mentioned before, “The Chardonnay grape is nothing if not at the mercy of the terroir; climate, soil conditions, and indigenous yeasts;” and, of course, all the various scientific and stylistic choices made during the wine making process.
Indaba wines are sustainably produced, a commitment that is becoming the hallmark of South African wines, in general. The word indaba is Zulu and typically used to signify a meeting or gathering. Indaba wines translate that concept into social responsibility – “A portion of the proceeds from the brand’s global sales funds the Indaba scholarship, awarded to financially needy and academically deserving students.”
The Indaba Chardonnay has been recognized as a “Best Value” or “Best Buy” wine by the international wine press for many years. The 2013 vintage is no exception. Aromas of tart apple and ripe pineapple pervade with just a touch of oak. This wine is a great choice for those who have blocked New World Chardonnay from their repertoire – Though not terribly complex; this medium body wine is well balanced. Flavors of caramelized pineapple and ripe pear and a hint of guava are refreshing and pleasurable. An easy-drinking wine like this is also easy to pair with food – Crab and other crustaceans, Meatless Monday’s grains and legumes, shawarma or falafel, even a juicy burger – with the under-$10 price point, you could try them all.