Buitenverwachting ‘Beyond Expectation’ South African Constantia Chardonnay



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This rich, full-bodied Chardonnay offers a powerful citrus and steely backbone, supporting classic toasty and butterscotch-like characters as well as mineral undertones. Good balance between oak and abundant fruit.

Buitenverwachting means ‘beyond expectations’, which is certainly the feeling one gets on visiting this Cape Dutch estate. It's a lovely estate to visit with an unusual late-18th-century manor house overlooking verdant lawns. Beg, borrow or steal to snag a bottle of its delicious – but limited-release – Christine bordeaux blend. The creamy chardonnay and richly textured cabernet sauvignon are also standout wines.

It all began in Constantia, the narrow bit of peninsula where Governor Simon van der Stel planted 750 hectares of vines in 1685. The South African wine industry has had many changes of fortune in the three centuries since, but this historic estate remains, divided now between five wineries. Buitenverwachting belongs to the Mueller family, who have lovingly restored both its buildings and its reputation as a source of particularly elegant South African wine.


Wine Facts
Style Oaky,Creamy, Full-Bodied,White Wine
Country South Africa
Region Cape town
Grape Chardonnay
ABV 13.5%
Vintage 2022
Size 75CL