This wine has a brilliant deep straw colour. The nose displays typical cool climate Chardonnay notes of citrus and elderflower. This is balanced with notes of toasted oak, freshly baked bread, roasted almonds and a hint of flint. The palate is full and rich with vibrant grapefruit and lemon zest flavours leading to a structured mid-palate with obvious oak, beautifully balanced by a mouthwatering freshness and salinity on the finish.
This wine is a perfect accompaniment to grilled fish, and chicken dishes.
The grapes were harvested at 21,4 brix on the 14 th February. The grapes were picked into small grape crates and placed in a cold store overnight. The grapes were whole bunch pressed the next day and the juice settled overnight before being taken to 228L French barrels, 33% being new, for fermentation. The fermentation was allowed to start naturally and once completed the wine was topped and matured sur-lie for 9 months with regular lees stirring.
This wine was bottled in November 2020.
- pH: 3.39
- TA: 6.20 g/l
- RS: 3.2 g/l
- Alc: 13.0 % by vol.
This wine drinks well on release but will reward with cellaring for up to 10 years from harvest.
Chardonnay – Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
|ALTITUDE:||285 metres above sea level|
|ROW DIRECTION:||North to South|
|SOIL TYPE:||Medium Potential Sandstone Soils|
|PLANT DENSITY:||3667 vines per hectare (1.5m X 2.5m spacing)|
|CROPPING:||6 tons/ha or 39 hl/ha|
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