Today’s Grand Cru – Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay 2016

The main course at the InterContinental Johannesburg’s Chef’s Table was Chicken Ballotine stuffed with pistachio nuts, chorizo and a medallion of chicken, smokey pork belly lardons accompanied by autumn vegetables, Pomme William and rich chicken jus.

Chef Yoshan 1

Chef Yoshan Naidu of the InterContinental Johannesburg Hotel at OR Tambo

The food and beverage manager, Themba Mpofu, gave us a choice between a white wine and a red wine for this course.  Being me I sampled both.  Both were good.  I preferred the white.

I don’t like wooded drinks at all – they make my face pucker and leave me wanting some sweet juice, so I was pleased to learn that the chardonnay selected for this course was unwooded.  I agreed to try some despite the chardonnay appellation. I was delighted that I did.  It was, in my opinion, by far the best wine of the luncheon.

The tasting notes say “Warwick The First Lady Unoaked Chardonnay displays an intensive scent of peaches and melon. On the palate, it is surprisingly fresh and features a crisp acidity.”


The theme of the luncheon was peaches and we had just had a sweet palate cleanser of peach and apricot sorbet.  I thought I was having tastebud flashbacks with the peachy taste of the wine.  The Warwick The First Lady Unwooded Chardonnay 2016 is a stunning wine.


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