2018 Benguela Cove Chardonnay
- Case (Member)
- South Africa
- Walker Bay
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
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
- Food Pairing
Don’t hold back when putting this classic wine to the test. Rich in texture and fruit even meaty dishes will succumb to its complexity.
Cellaring potential: 2 - 5 years
since harvest date| Serving
temperature: 10 - 12 C
Roasted sweet potato soup
Salmon mousse | Orange souffle
Ratatouille | Ostrich goulash
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