2018 Benguela Cove Chardonnay

Retail
R220.00
Member
R187.00
Case
R1,320.00
Case (Member)
R1,122.00
Varieties
Chardonnay
Vintage
2018
Country
South Africa
Region
Walker Bay
Alcohol
13.7%
Bottle size
750 mL

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Description

Restrained at first, the wine opens up with vivid nuances of citrus blossom, grapefruit, white peach and ginger – true to the typicality of our cool climate Chardonnay. Fruit remains the hero and the subtle oak nuances adds a welcoming touch.

Winemaking Notes

Picked at optimal ripeness, the grapes were hand sorted. The two clones were fermented and matured separately. A 30% portion was fermented with an indigenous yeast strain to enhance aromatics and mouthfeel. The wine was left on its lees for the entire maturation period to enhance palate texture. To enhance palate richness and depth, 40% of the barrels was allowed to go through secondary malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: 10 months, 50 % new
French oak | Production: 14 barrels

Growing Conditions

Walker Bay earned its repertoire for outstanding Chardonnay and these vineyards are consistently performing well to second that. Nudged by the lagoon with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, the vineyards enjoy cool daytime temperatures that drop even more at night. A beneficial diurnal range aids in even ripening and complexity while maritime winds encourage healthy vines that needs minimal intervention.
Slope: two adjacent, west facing vineyards | Soil: weathered shale with very
high calcium content | Clones: CY277 & CY95

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