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Baleia Limestone Debate Chardonnay


  • Alc. 13.5%

  • Cape South Coast

  • South Africa

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Complex aromas of orchard and stone fruit waft from the glass of this medium-bodied white, with hints of green apple, fresh peach, Bartlett pear, and lemon. There's a distinct underlying minerality (and yes - it's reminiscent of limestone!), and just the right amount of oak.


Fans of white Burgundy will find a lot to like in Baleia's Limestone Debate: it's packed with flavour, but never comes across as too heavy, and the stony soils in which the grapes grow have contributed a lovely, persistent acidity that keeps it bright and refreshing.


Roast poultry would be an excellent match for this flavourful Chardonnay, or match with grilled salmon with lemon butter or herbed pork chops.

Aromas and Flavours


Fuzzy peach candies, or real-life fuzzy peaches fresh from a fresh B.C fruit stand.


From Granny Smith to Red Delicious, apple makes for a delightfully crisp aroma.


A romantic picnic in the orchard, with your partner and their favourite white wine.


Common in cool climate white wines, this aroma can range from fresh citrus to lemon zest.


Remember playing with pebbles as a child and giving them a lick out of curiosity?

Handling and Serving
Serving Temperature
2023 - 2028


Jan-Hendrik Joubert and his family began Baleia with the dream of creating wines that conveyed the unique aspects of their vineyards, which are located in the remote Cape South Coast region of Vermaaklikheid. Nestled between the Langeberg mountains to the north and St. Sebastian Bay to the south, Baleia's limestone-rich soils and distinct microclimate produce wines of exceptional finesse and elegance. Limestone Debate's name is a cheeky reference to the famous affinity that Chardonnay has for limestone-rich soils, and the insistence by some that it's a prerequisite for making world-class Chardonnays. Though the debate over the qualitative impact that limestone has rages on, it's worth noting that high pH soils like limestone do tend to produce lower pH grapes, which make wines with refreshingly high acidity. But you don't need a degree in geology or soil sciences to appreciate a delicious wine, so let the limestone debate carry on as you enjoy this delicious, complex Chardonnay. Serve at about 12 C and enjoy over the next 5 years.

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