Sourced from 4 vineyards on the Estate situated on well drained Oakleaf, Dundee and Swartland soil types which produces the rich textured mouth feel and minerality. The younger vineyards were planted in 2007 on Cartref soils giving a greater fruit expression. The vineyards are mostly south facing towards the cool Atlantic of False Bay. Crop thinning occurred at pruning and at veraison. Six separate picking stages at optimum ripeness to ensure complexity and balance.
Hand picked. Partial whole bunch pressing and static settling overnight.
Some solids remained in the juice. Transferred to 56% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 44% second fill 300 litre barrels for fermentation. Half of the barrels were inoculated with selected Chardonnay yeast, while the other half underwent un-inoculated, spontaneous fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was given a racking to remove heavy lees and returned to barrel for malo- lactic fermentation. The wine was barrel matured for 9 months before bottling.
Winemaker – Chris Williams
Main Variety – Chardonnay
Alcohol – 13.37 %vol
pH – 3.27
RS – 3.2 g/l
Total Acid – 6.2 g/l
Appellation – Swartland
Up to six years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions