This 2017 Chardonnay was produced from a single vineyard, sourced from neighboring farms in the Franschhoek valley.
Prior to ripening, the conditions were hot and very dry.
The grapes were hand harvested on 21 February then transported back to the cellar under cold conditions to retain freshness.
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
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.
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.
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