Chardonnay 2017

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Price: 1 bottle R195         Case of 6 bottles R1 170

Price includes VAT. Prices valid at 1 January 2018.

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Vineyard

SOURCE:

This 2017 Chardonnay was produced from a single vineyard, sourced from neighboring farms in the Franschhoek valley.

WEATHER:

Prior to ripening, the conditions were hot and very dry.

HARVESTING:

The grapes were hand harvested on 21 February then transported back to the cellar under cold conditions to retain freshness.

Cellar

VINIFICATION:

The grapes were whole bunch pressed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for settling. After two days, the juice was racked to older French oak barrels for fermentation. 35% of the barrels underwent wild fermentation and 65% were inoculated. After malolactic fermentation, the lees were mixed weekly for the first two months and after that mixed once a month, until bottling. After 8 months maturation in barrel the wild and inoculated barrels were blended and bottled.

Tasting & Analysis

TASTING NOTES:

Typical flavours of citrus and lime are accompanied by a rich textured mouthfeel, due to the barrel ageing. The fresh acidity lingers on the aftertaste and makes this a well-balanced and rounded wine.

FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT:

Chardonnay is best enjoyed chilled as an aperitif at any time of the day. It can be partnered with a wide range of foods and snacks, such as stir-fries and lighter curries. It is released ready to drink and will continue to develop in the bottle.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS:

alc. 13,47%  pH 3.59 - Total acid 4.9 g/l  

Residual Sugar 2,1 g/l

PRODUCTION: 2 909 bottles    

WINEMAKER:  Marozanne Bieldt