Jordan CWG Chardonnay 2018

Jordan CWG Chardonnay 2018

BLEND: 100% Chardonnay

ANALYSIS:
Alc: 13%
Total Acid: 5.7g/l
pH: 3.37
Residual Sugar: 2.4g/l

APPELLATION: Estate Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.

SOIL: Decomposed granite (Hutton and Glenrosa soil form).

ASPECT: East-facing, 250—280m above sea level.

AGE OF VINES: 29 years old.

CLONES: Burgundian and Richter 110.

The Guild, an association of some of South Africa’s finest winemakers, has evolved into a body of 45 members who jointly represent the pinnacle of South African wine achievement. A showcase of rare and unique wines produced by some of South Africa’s leading winemakers.

All CWG wines are sold exclusively on Auction, held in the first weekend of October of each year. For more information following this link to the Cape Winemakers Guild.

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 note

An iconic Chardonnay with intense, minerally, lemon-lime flavours and hints of butterscotch and vanilla. The full, rich mouthfeel and balanced oak integrates superbly with the tropical fruit finish.

Winemaking & maturation

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.

Vintages & Spec sheets

2018 – Current vintage

Older vintages:

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

2010    |   2009   |   2008   |   2007   |   2006   |   2005   |   2004

Accolades

2018- 5 stars in the 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
2016 – 5 star nomination in 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
2015 – 5 stars in the 2017 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
2014 – rated 92 points by James Molesworth Wine Spectator
2013 – rated 91 points  by Stephen Tanzer
2012 – rated 91 points The Wine Advocate (November 2013)
2011 – 5 stars in the 2014 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
2010 – rated 93 points James Molesworth in Wine Spectator

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