Tasting Note: This Chardonnay has a delicately floral nose with hints of nutmeg and cloves. The palate has a racy acidity with notes of limes and lemon merangue pie, some saline minerality and well integrated oak character. The finish is long with a beautiful purity. Best served at 10-12°C, this wine will show optimally when decanted within the first 3 years after bottling and will reward if cellared properly over 10 years.
Technical Details at Bottling: Alcohol 13.5% – RS 1.9 g/l – TA 7.0 g/l – pH 3.23
Source of Grapes: Sourced from a parcel of Chardonnay planted in deep loam rich soils of Helderberg Mountain.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were hand-harvested on the 14th and 18th February 2017
Yields: 6 tons/ha = 36HL/ha
Winemaking: The grapes are chilled in our cold room, after which they are pressed whole bunch and allowed to settle overnight. The must is then racked to barrel for fermentation and temperatures are not allowed to exceed 24°C. Fermentation lasted 42 days after which the wine went through partial malolactic fermentation. After spending 12 months on the lees, in barrique, 30% new, the wine was racked, blended, minimal sulphur added and aged a further 6 months in barrel before bottling.
Tim Atkin 96/100: This superb Chardonnay, sourced from the same Helderberg vineyard as the 2015 and 2016, is “all about the maritime climate”, according to Andrea Mullineux. Picked late yet wonderfully focused and refreshing, this is nuanced, elegant and stylishly oaked with subtle lees and pithy acidity complemented by 100% malolactic fermentation. 2020-27