Golden with green hues. Hot toasted brioche with zesty marmalade. Backbone of lime and lemongrass with floral notes of honeysuckle and frangipani on the palate. Warm, rich vanilla and a creamy almond finish.
Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol content: 13.8%
TA: 5.9 g/l
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards on weathered granite mid-slopes benefit form cool morning sunlight and moderating sea breezes off False Bay. Yields are typically low to moderate and grapes are very concentrated with good levels of natural acidity.
2016 was a very early season with early flowering dates followed by rapid ripening in the early part of the summer. Weather conditions during the ripening period of the Chardonnay were very warm causing rapid ripening. Fruit quality was perfect with no disease. Optimally ripe fruit with no raisins were harvested around 23° balling.
The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Juice was transferred to French oak barrels with minimal settling. Fermentation occurred naturally in French oak barrels of which 35% was new. About 60% of the volume completed Malolatic fermentation during an 11 month ageing on the gross lees. The wine was bottled with minimal stabilization and clarified without filtration.