Almenkerk

Chardonnay

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R 258

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750 ml (Standard)

2017


Cultivar:

100% Chardonnay

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

91 Points - Winemag.co.za 16.5 Points - Jancis Robinson

Specifications:

13.14% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.7
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 10 yrs
Origin: Elgin Appellation: Elgin

Tasting Notes:

The complex nose leads with citrus, lemontree flower, white peach and fresh coconut complemented with a floral tone that underscores its minerality.The zesty palate is softened by the lees contact, leading to a lingering finish. Typical Elgin cool-climate elegance.

Citrus
Citrus

White Peach
White Peach

Coconut
Coconut

Minerality
Minerality

Almenkerk is nestled in the Elgin Valley surrounded by apple orchards and produces some of the most unique expressions of traditional varietues we have found to date. The Almenkerk family emigrated to South Africa in 2002 with the aim of following their passion for wine, and have since, firmly established themselves as forces in the local industry.

The grapes used to make this wine are all from the same block, called Annabelle after our eldest daughter. This sandy loam block is located on the coldest site of the farm, providing the Chardonnay vines with the required cold units to bud uniformly year after year. The vines are not irrigated throughout the ripening season, forcing them to dig their roots deeper in search of water. The block is guaranteed frost throughout the winter, ensuring even budding & ripening every year.

After gentle pressing and cold settling, the wine is gravity-fed into small French oak barrels 25% new wood (225L & 300L) and left to start natural (wild yeast) fermentation. Completing fermentation can take from 3 weeks to 3 months for specific barrels.

After fermentation, the wine undergoes lees contact for 10 months on the gross lees without malolactic fermentation or stirring. All batches & barrel treatments are kept separately. Each barrel gets assessed individually for its suitability in our Almenkerk range.

Food pairing

This wine will complement fattier and rich fish dishes as sashimi or prepared, as well as cooked shellfish.

Game Fish Poultry Soft Cheese Seafood
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