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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2023

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2023

Our favourite wine at this estate - and one which has become more and more popular. The grapes are fermented in tanks holding small French oak blocks; and a few months on the lees gives it a little fat. Very lightly oaked, a ripe and... Read More

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2023

ColourWhite

RegionRobertson

GrowerGoedverwacht

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2023

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeGDV123

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Goedverwacht

Robertson, South Africa

Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling.

The du Toit family farm no less than 172 hectares of vines along the bends of the Breede river near Bonnievale.

The wines are made by father Jan in collaboration with son Gawie.  Jan once firmly told me his place in the world of wine in...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2023

Our favourite wine at this estate - and one which has become more and more popular. The grapes are fermented in tanks holding small French oak blocks; and a few months on the lees gives it a little fat.

Very lightly oaked, a ripe and easy-quaffing New World Chardonnay. Cream and toast greet you on the nose. Well-textured for the price, bright and gently creamy, it makes an easy aperitif or an ideal partner to lightly spicy dishes. Now-2025

Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling. The du Toit family farm no less than 172 hectares of vines along the bends of the Breede river near Bonnievale. The wines are made by father Jan in collaboration with son Gawie. Jan once firmly told me his place in the world of wine in South Africa - "I farm for money, not with money" – distinguishing himself from all the supermarket owners, luxury goods merchants, bankers, jewellers or golfers who have bought wine estates in the Cape. Here there are indisputable economies of scale and modern practice, for example careful matching of variety to soil type and harvesting in the cool of the night and early morning.

The birds on the labels are blue cranes. Antropoides Paradisea is the national bird of South Africa, once commonly sighted in the Breede River Valley but now an endangered species.

Great choice of good-value wines in the January sales. The website is really easy to use to make up an order. Delivery, as is often the case, was within 24 hours and, as usual, was well-packed.

J Windle

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I've bought a couple of cases recently, and many more in years gone by, and have really enjoyed their selection. They have a good range of interesting wines from some classic and some more…

Nicholas S

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Judging by the wines I have had, someone is doing a very good job in selecting the wines to put before the public, and at a very fair price. Delivery from online purchases as also been quick and…

Brian K

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Great company with good service and good prices. Highly recommended.

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One of my favourite independents. Been enjoying these special wines for more than 10 years. Always interesting choices, and always great value in the sales!

David M

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This was yet another quick and painless transaction, as I have come to expect from SV&S.

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