You will well remember the popular stylishly packaged coffee-style Barista Pinotage which was launched in 2009. The immense popularity of the coffee-style Barista Pinotage, launched in 2009 by Vinimark The Wine Company in conjunction with Bertus ‘Starbucks’ Fourie, has led to the extension of the Barista brand to include a delightful summer counterpart: Barista Chardonnay 2013.
It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to the brand’s new summer complement: the Barista Chardonnay, which offers a splash of citrus and ripe peach on the nose followed by hints of gooseberries and tangy tangerine with a subtle vanilla oak finish, and retails nationally for approximately R70 per bottle. Reasonably priced and utterly delicious with with a smoked chicken salad; or grilled kingklip with parmesan pesto, mashed potato and lemon butter cream. Need we say that it’s great to drink on its own too?
Following in the footsteps of the Barista Pinotage, the Barista Chardonnay reveals captivating aromas and flavours, approachability, exceptional smoothness and seamless integration of wood and fruit. And in distinctive Barista style, the packaging exhibits minimalist sophistication and style, topped with its signature standout screw cap design, and is exceptionally food friendly and well priced.
The grapes for this lightly-wooded Chardonnay came from Elgin. The wine was partially fermented and matured in mostly second-fill oak barrels. One third of the wine was fermented in stainless steel and blended in to ensure freshness and to retain the zippy citrusy flavour so typical of chardonnay.
The origin of the Barista brand
The maiden 2009 coffee-style Barista Pinotage was developed and launched into the market by Vinimark The Wine Company, SA’s largest independent wine wholesaler, together with Bertus Fourie, known as ‘Starbucks’, due to his success in pioneering and refining the popular coffee-style pinotage wines in South Africa, using a specific yeast strain, specific toasting, specific oak type and of course, pinotage grapes. The name Barista (which originates from Italian and means one who is skilled in the preparation of coffee) paid homage to the exquisite coffee flavours of the pinotage. The unique screw cap’s design cues were taken from authentic Italian coffee bars’ black and white tiled floors.
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