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Tasting Note: This Chardonnay has aromas of yellow stone fruits with hints of cloves. The textured palate has notes of peaches and lemon curd, with a touch of salinity and well integrated oak character, all balanced by a zesty acidity. 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 6.8 g/l – pH 3.32
Source of Grapes: This single vineyard of Chardonnay is planted on the higher loam-based slopes of Helderberg Mountain. The site has a maritime influence that allows us to harvest the fruit with incredible intensity of flavour and zesty freshness.
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were hand-harvested on the 13th and 16th February 2018
Yields: 6 tons/ha = 36HL/ha
Winemaking: The cooled grapes 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 36 days after which the wine went through malolactic fermentation naturally. After spending 12 months on the lees, the wine was racked, blended, minimal sulphur added and aged a further 6 months in barrel before bottling.