A toasty and fruity Chardonnay from Stellenbosch.
Terroir, method of preparation and maturation: Chardonnay grapes are sourced from Stellenbosch's Jonkershoek Valley, five different parcels with mainly sandy soils. The vines are 21-24 years old and several different clones grow in the nurseries. Harvesting took place in early February. The grapes are carefully selected and separated from their stems, after which they are crushed and cooled to 15°C before pressing. The wine is allowed to settle for 48 hours before it is separated from its lees. 70% of the wine goes in 300-liter Burgundian oak barrels and 30% in steel tanks. The barrels are a mixture of 1-4 year old vessels. The grapes from each plot are used separately in slightly different ways, and after fermentation, the wines mature on the lees for 7-8 months. The sediment is rotated weekly. Finally, the wine batches are mixed together and the wine is ready for bottling.
Use: As a companion to smoked salmon.
Description: The scent is multidimensional, and you can distinguish ripe lemon, baked apple, ginger and vanilla. The taste is dry and rich, with a nice balance of acidity and fruitiness.