Aaldering Vineyards & Wines
Sauvignon Blanc (79%) Chardonnay (21%) 2020
The Florence range was introduced to offer exciting and youthful blends that can be enjoyed regularly. The range was named after the only granddaughter of Marianne & Fons Aaldering, Florence. From the Latin name Florentius or the feminine form Florentia, which also means ‘’prosperous’’ and ‘’to blossom’’.
Colour: Pale golden straw. Nose: The Sauvignon blanc adds green guava notes as well as floral petals, whilst the Chardonnay supports this marriage with lemon curd and toasted butter aromas. Toasted hazelnuts and a delightful warm spicy profile add extra depth and complexity. Pallet: A rounded crème brulee body is underpinned by a fresh acidity that adds length to the rich finish of this opulent synergy between Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay.
A wet and cold winter after the drought of 2018 helped the vines in building up sufficient reserves for the 2020 growth season. Even budding and a cool growth season from September till January 2020 laid the foundation for good natural acidity and optimal phenolic ripeness in the grapes. Unusually higher than normal summer rainfall caused higher disease pressure and we were fortunate enough to escape any fungal infections. The rain aided the vines basic water needs and we had to irrigate less thanks to Mother Natures bounty. A few heat waves in February accelerated ripening and kept our team on its toes as we had to work hard in order to bring in the Sauvignon blanc and Pinotage at optimal ripeness . With the hot days and cool nights , flavours and colour levels increased and led to the production of concentrated wines with a lively acidity. A great vintage for winemakers and a vintage that was challenging for viticulturists but left those that were diligent with amazing fruit for their labour.
Enjoy right now or age up to 5 years after vintage. Bottled with an agglomerated cork, in order to ensure a flawless aging capacity. Ideal serving temperature between 8-10°C.
Green vegetables (asparagus, zucchini, fresh peas, artichokes) Cheese, especially goat cheese or delicate fish like sole.
RS: 1.8 g/l
TA: 5.5 g/l