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Our 2016 Chardonnay is a blend of three micro-harvests from our single estate Chardonnay block. Over 3 weeks we conducted these harvest to capture specific attributes in the fruit. 80% was aged 6 months in French oak, of which 55% was new. The last harvest of 20% was aged in stainless streel. 60% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. This process enabled us to embrace the beautiful bright acidity while building mouthfeel, complexity and aromatics. The resulting wine is an elegant balance of toasted oak, fresh fruit and minerality, with zesty bright acidity.
Awards & Ratings
To build complexity into this wine, there were three different harvests over three weeks of the Chardonnay block to capture specific characters of flavour and ripeness. Eighty percent of the wine was aged six months in French oak (55% new); the remainder was aged in stainless steel. Sixty percent of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. The object of this complex winemaking was to preserve aromatics, fruit and acidity while framing it very subtly with oak. The wine begins with citrus aromas. On the palate, there are flavours of apple, melon and stone fruit. This is an excellent wine...
- John Schreiner