Dominik Mueller

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2022 False Bay Chardonnay Crystalline

Tasting note

False Bay white wines

As part of my WSET preparations I wanted to taste South African white wines, of which I haven’t tried that many yet. I bought two examples from the same producer at a local wine shop. The wines are from False Bay, which are based in the Western Cape region at the Southern tip of the African continent. There, the cooling climate from the seashore allows for the production of fresh wines despite the generally hot climate.

Clear in the glass, slightly darker lemon yellow. Pure and clean on the nose, but somewhat restrained at first. The wine is matured in stainless steel tanks, to my knowledge without long lees ageing. In a larger glass, slightly buttery after a few minutes, with still restrained fruit. Rather low acidity, a little thin overall. Comparatively short finish.

Drink from 2023 through 2025.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Tuesday, 31 October 2023.


4Wines with a DM3 to DM4 rating are average on a fine wine level. They have been produced well, they have no apparent flaws or big imbalances that would put me off. On the other hand, they lack features that would make them stand out in a more positive way, i.e. they might lack intensity or a long finish.
/ 20 ("passable")
1Wines with a rating of 1 star are below average in their peer group, slightly disappointing.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2022
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety: Chardonnay
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:False Bay
Country:South Africa
Region:Coastal Region
Appellation: n/a
Vineyard: n/a
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