2008 Chardonnay Reserve
Crushing and pressing of this special selection of grapes from the Nine Yards Chardonnay vineyard took place immediately after de-stemming. The juice was barrel fermented in traditional 228 litre French oak barriques using natural yeast from the vineyard. Twelve months oak maturation and regular barrel rolling to accentuate the rich, leesy character has added complexity to this wine especially made for the CWG auction.
This reserve Chardonnay has intense, minerally, lemon/lime flavours with hints of butterscotch and vanilla. The full, rich mouthfeel and balanced toasty oak integrates well with the tropical fruit finish.
Alc: 13.5%, TA: 6.1 g/l, pH: 3.32, RS: 4.1g/l
Received 4 ½ stars in the 2011 Platter’s South African Wine Guide