Jardin Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2019
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
Total Acid: 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.8g/l
APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.
SOIL: Glenrosa and Hutton
ASPECT: Coolers south- and east-facing slopes, 250 – 310m above sea level.
AGE OF VINES: 21-35 years old
CLONES: Davis & Burgundian clones
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.
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 allow for different textural components which we then blend to achieve finesse and complexity. Bold and graceful with fragrances of lemon biscuit and overripe oranges.
The grapes were harvested from the 15th of February to the 28th of March 2019 at an average of 21.30°B.
WINEMAKING & MATURATION
The juice was barrel-fermented in a selection of 228 litre Burgundy-shaped French oak barrels (39% new, 43% second-fill and 18% 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. 8% 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.
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