Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018

Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018

BLEND: 100% Chardonnay

ANALYSIS:
Alc: 13%
Total Acid: 5.6g/l
pH: 3.40
Residual Sugar: 2.3g/l

APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.

SOIL: Glenrosa and Hutton

ASPECT: Coolers south- and east-facing sloes, 250 – 310m above sea level.

AGE OF VINES: 14 – 32 years old

CLONES: Davis & Burgundian clones

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The distinct ravine in the Stellenbosch Kloof ward allows the opportunity to harness the cooling influences from the False Bay on our south and east facing slopes. This captures the intense flavour compounds found in the grape skins.

LOCATION & CLIMATE

The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.

Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with maritime influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.

Tasting notes

A variety of chardonnay clones planted on different slopes, harvested at different ripening levels and all of it fermented and matured in French oak barrels. These practices help to achieve natural balance and allows for different textural components which we then blend to achieve finesse and complexity. Bold and graceful with fragrances of lemon biscuit and overripe oranges.

Harvesting

The grapes were harvested from the 16th of February to the 22nd  of March 2018 at  an average of 22°B.

Winemaking & Maturation

The juice was barrel-fermented in a selection of 228 litre Burgundy-shaped French oak barrels (27% new, 33% second-fill and 27% third fill & 13% fourth-fill Nevers and Burgundian oak barrels). The wine was matured “sur lie” in the barrel for 9 months with occasional rolling of the barrels to accentuate the leesy character. 7% tank-fermented Chardonnay was blended with the barrel-wine to ensure well-balanced citrus flavours. Both the tank and barrel-fermented Chardonnay underwent malolactic fermentation.

Accolades

2018 – Chardonnay Trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Show
2017 – Silver, International Wine Competition (IWC)
2017 – Double Gold Top 100 Wine Awards
2016 – 5 stars John Platter 2018 Guide
2016 – Gold at International Wine & Spirits Competition
2016 – Gold – Wine of the year 2017/2018 Irish wine show
2016 – Tim Atkin – 91 points
2015 – THE MOST HIGHLY RATED WINES OF THE CAPE OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS
2015 – Veritas Double Gold
2015 – Double Platinum award – Top 100 SA Wines
2015 – Grand Cru National Champion – Best in Class Top 100 SA Wines.
2014 – Gold – International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC)
2013 – Decanter Best in Show

Spec sheets & vintages

2018 – Current vintage

Previous vintages

2017     |   2016     |   2015   |   2014    |   2013   |    2012    |    2011

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