Chardonnay 2018

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Price: 1 bottle R195         

Case of

6 bottles R1 170

Price includes VAT. Prices valid at 6 June 2019.

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Vineyard

SOURCE:

This 2018 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 16 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 three days, the juice was racked to older 300L French oak barrels for fermentation. 33% of the barrels underwent wild fermentation and 67% 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 11 months maturation in barrel the wild and inoculated barrels were blended and bottled.

Tasting & Analysis

TASTING NOTES:

Stone fruit and white pear notes on the nose accompanied by fresh citrus and flinty characters on the palate, with a rich textured finish, due to the barrel ageing. Acidity, fruit and oak all balanced well to makes this a great example of Franschhoek Chardonnay.

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%  pH 3.25 - Total acid 5.7 g/l  

Residual Sugar 1,8 g/l

PRODUCTION: 2 166 bottles    

WINEMAKER:  Marozanne Bieldt