This Chardonnay was sourced from a single vineyard block at La Petite Dauphine.
Prior to ripening, the conditions were extremely hot and dry, with fires on surrounding farms.
The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on the 26th of February.
The selected bunches were whole-berry pressed and cold settled for three days in tanks. The juice was racked to 225l and 300l French and Hungarian oak barrels. This wine underwent primary fermentation with 40 % wild yeasts until dry
This fine wooded wine has a lime green colour with characters of pear and citrus and greengage. As the wine warms up cinnamon and a capsicum spiciness develop The wood lends a toastiness producing a well balanced wine, a big finish with complex structure.
This Chardonnay is a delicious dry wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif, or partnered with shellfish, seafood dishes, and richer dishes such as roasted white meats and risottos.
It will continue to develop in the bottle for 5 years from harvest.
pH 3.4 Alcohol 14.2%
(At bottling) Total acid 5.9g/l
Residual Sugar 3.1
PRODUCTION: 5000 bottles
WINEMAKER: Nikey van Zyl