Wine of the week

This week, Joanna Simon has chosen a crisp Chardonnay, perfect for a relaxed lunch with friends...


Seven Springs Vineyards Chardonnay 2012, Overberg, South Africa

There are times when only Chardonnay will do as far as I'm concerned. Sauvignon Blanc is there when you need a brilliant espresso-like boost, but good Chardonnay is there for you all the time - when you're tucking into lemon- and herb-roasted chicken, seared scallops or roasted veg, or when you're just chilling out with a glass of wine. This one, from English-owned vineyards pretty well within spitting distance of the Atlantic Ocean in the Western Cape, is Chardonnay in its best modern guise: crisp and polished with zingy lemon fruit, a whisper of pineapple and honey and the delicate toast and cashew flavour of classy French-oak barrels. 

£13.99, Dylans Wines, ; £14.15, L'Art du Vin,  

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