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Reserve Chardonnay

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750 ml (Standard)

2016


Cultivar:

100% Chardonnay

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

92 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

14.48% alc vol Sugar g/l: 1.66
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential:
Origin: Somerset West Appellation: Somerset West

Tasting Notes:

The wine shows an attractive lemony yellow-green colour with a complex nose of citrus, white peach, pineapple, spice, citrus blossoms, apricot and buttered toast aromas. The taste is long and elegant with a lively minerality.

Apricot
Apricot

Citrus
Citrus

Pineapple
Pineapple

White Peach
White Peach

The 2013 Reserve had a stellar year: Gold medal in Lyon, Gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and Gold and Regional Trophy at the IWSC as well as being nominated for a Platter 5 star. In October 2015, the 2014 Reserve Chardonnay was rated as one of the top chardonnays in Christian Eedes Prescient Chardonnay Report 2015 Awards. In November 2016 the 2015 Reserve was again rated by Christian Eedes as one of his top 10 Chardonnays.

The grapes are all Estate grown and selected from three Vineyards, Rooiland 12 & 13 and the super vineyard Lower Schaapenberg.

Grapes were whole-bunch pressed with no skin contact. The juice, with some clarification, was racked into 35% new French oak barrels (Francois Frère, Dargaud & Jaegle) and 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels for alcoholic fermentation. The spontaneous onset of fermentation was allowed for and after 7 days the barrels were inoculated with a pure culture yeast strain. Fermentation took approximately 15 days to complete - once the sugar was fermented, all 43 barrels were topped up. Only one-third of the barrels were allowed to complete malolactic fermentation to retain optimum acidity/freshness.

The young wine was left on the gross lees for 8 months with regular battonage, then stabilized.

Food pairing

Fine rich fish such as turbot, grilled veal chops with mushrooms.

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