BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
Total Acid: 5.7g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.2g/l
APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.
SOIL: Decomposed granite (Hutton and Glenrosa soil form).
ASPECT: East-facing, 250—280m above sea level.
AGE OF VINES: 26 years old.
The Ultimate Expression of Jordan Terroir. The Nine Yards Chardonnay is made is in a reserve style, from barrel selection from our best vineyard site. Stylistically different to our Jordan Chardonnay, with this wine we went “The whole nine yards”!
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.
A style characterised by refreshing linear acidity and mouthfilling fruit textures. Classic Nine Yards flavours with lime citrus and fragrant oak spice.
We harvest from a single vineyard block of chardonnay between the 2nd and 23rd of February 2016.
Crushed and pressed immediately after de-stemming, the juice was barrel-fermented in traditional 228-litre French oak barrels (70% new and 30% second fill) from selected Burgundian cooperages (Damy, Chassin and Rousseau). The barrels were inoculated with a selection of French yeast. A percentage of the wine went through natural fermentation. The wine was matured “sur lie” for 11 months, with regular barrel-rolling to accentuate the rich, leesy character.
2016 – Silver / 93 points – International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC)
2016 – Double Gold – Top 100 Wine Awards
2016 – 93 points Tim Atkin
2015 – International Wine & Spirits Trophy (IWSC)
2015 – 5 star Platter guide nomination
2014 – 91 points Neal Martin
2014 – Top 100 SA wines – Hall of Fame
2013 – Double Gold at Veritas Wine Awards
2013 – Gold at the 2014 UK Sommelier Wine Awards
2013 – Mission Hill International Chardonnay Trophy (IWSC)
2012 – Silver at Veritas Wine Awards
2012 – Outstanding Silver at International Wine & Spirits
2011 – Gold Medal at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards
2010 – International Chardonnay Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
2010 – Mission Hill Chardonnay Trophy at the IWSC Wine Awards 2012
2010 – Wine of the year at Proefschrift Concours