|Winemaker||: Henri Warren|
|Main Variety||: Chardonnay|
|Alcohol||: 13,4 %vol|
|RS||: 2,4 g/l|
|Total Acid||: 6,4 g/l|
|Yield||: 5.2 ton/H|
|Appellation||: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch|
Total Production: 930 x 6 cases
Our Chardonnay was hand picked and vinified from a selection of rows out of a top-performing dry land block of vineyard on the farm.
Soil: Red Hutton
Slope Direction: SE Facing
Age of Vineyard: 14 years old
Yield: 5.2 tons per hectare
Rootstock: Richter 99
Grapes were hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. Alcoholic fermentation was done in a selection of French 300 litre barrels where it matured for 10 months before bottling.
Oaking – 20% New French barrels, 80% 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels. Barrels were rolled once a week to add a buttery full bodied complexity.
Fermentation – grapes were barrel fermented at a low temperature to ensure fruit flavours on both nose and palate. MLF was 100% completed on 50% of barrels. Wild yeast fermentation on a few barrels added to complexity.
The wine was lightly filtered before bottling and then labelled on the farm.
Wonderfully rich and indulgent with hints of citrus and butterscotch.
Chardonnay 2011 is drinking well now, but can be drunk 2-4 years after vintage. Food Pairing: Fish (calamari, salmon), Sushi, Thai curry, soups