Raised By Wolves

Karibib Chardonnay

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750 ml (Standard)

2016


Cultivar:

100% Chardonnay

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

90 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

12.80% alc vol Sugar g/l: 2.5
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 5 to 8 yrs
Origin: Stellenbosch Appellation: Stellenbosch

Tasting Notes:

"Twenty per cent of this Chardonnay went through carbonic maceration, underlining Adam Mason’s determination to try different things under the Raised by Wolves label. Combining peach and passion fruit flavours with some skin tannins, it’s an unusual white with refreshingly low alcohol." TA

Peach
Peach

Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit

Cream
Cream

Almond
Almond

Having always approached Chardonnay vinification with the utmost of care, attempting to minimize extraction of phenols at all costs, I decided to investigate the influence of carbonic maceration in order to see how it would alter the grape’s aromatic profile, and what sort of texture could be achieved. After deliberating for some time on how much of this carbonic component to include in the final bend I settled on 20% as I felt it contributed just enough cut and texture to the final wine without detracting from the classic nature of the variety.

Half of the grapes were whole-bunch pressed, lightly settled and then transferred to neutral oak barrels for fermentation and maturation, whilst the other half were locked down under gas cover in a concrete fermenter to undergo their miraculous transformation.

Food pairing

Pairs very well with creamy chicken pastas, fatty salmon dishes and crayfish.

Seafood Salmon Poultry Pork
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