Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Barrel ageing: 100% French oak for nine months
Maturation: 6 – 9 years from date of vintage
The grapes were hand-picked 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 barriques with 3% of the lees. After 4 days the wine started spontaneous fermentation. 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.
Perfect with perlemoen fried in butter; 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!
Intense green-gold in appearance, the stunning nose offers classic Chardonnay notes of oatmeal and shortbread spiced up with subtle notes of smokey vanilla bean and fresh coconuts. The seamless palate is rich, yet succulent with firm structure. Ripe citrus fruit flavours emerge late on the finish, which is punctuated by a fresh, clean lemon sherbert note.