Whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French oak. Regular “lees stirring” follows. Matured for 9 months. Vanilla-oak essence, melon and lemongrass aromas with a creamy, buttery palate.
Straw colour with hint of green — youthful and vibrant. Attractive nose showing ripe citrus and orange peel leading to hints of vanilla spice oak and toasted brioche. Citrus peel on palate with good weight and lightly buttery texture. The wine is well balanced with fresh acid and minerality. Persistent lemon/lime on the finish.
An absolutely beautiful wine, perfect on its own, but also the ideal partner to most seafood dishes, crayfish with homemade mayonnaise.
Cultivar/s: Chardonnay 100%
Origin: Western Cape (Stellenbosch and Elim)
Winemaker: Jacques Maree
Average Yield: 7½ tons/Ha
Vinification: Hand-picked grapes are whole-bunch pressed into 2nd-fill French oak barrels. Selected yeast strains used for fermentation and regular battonage (lees stirring) done on a monthly basis until final blending.
Harvested: February 2018
Bottled: October 2018
Maturation: 85% Barrel (50 % new oak) French 225L barrels / 15 % Concrete Egg for 9 months
Ageing Potential: More than 10 years from vintage
Wine Analysis: Alcohol 12,44%: Residual sugar 1.74g/l Total Acidity 6.30g/l: pH 3.30g/l
Production: 8000 Bottles (1332 x 6 x 750ml cases)