Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Barrel ageing: 100% French oak barrels for nine months
Maturation: 6 – 9 years from date of vintage
The grapes were handpicked from vineyards on Mulderbosch, situated in the Koelenhof area. The grapes were allowed 3 hours skin contact before being pressed. The juice was settled overnight and then racked to French oak barrels with 3% of the lees. After 4 days the wine started spontaneous fermentation between 16-25 C.
The wine underwent no malolactic fermentation and was left on the gross lees for nine months, during which the barrels were rolled 4 times a month. After barrel maturation the wine was lightly fined, filtered and then bottled.
Pairs perfectly with oysters; grilled crayfish with lemon and garlic butter; or duck liver pate; veal or pork fillet in a creamy sauce; fresh grilled tuna; Karoo lamb; prosciutto ham or as a meal on its own!
This lively wine shows green and gold hues. Packed with classic Chardonnay fruit, the wine entices the senses with tones of vanilla, English country garden herbs, buttered toast, rolled oats, peach pip,chestnut and tangerine. The long lees contact ensured a robust, round and sensual palate that lingers on the aftertaste.