All grapes are harvested by hand into shallow bins. The bunches are then chilled BEFORE they are crushed. By chilling the grapes before they are crushed, we lower the energy available for chemical oxidation and phenolic extraction. Oxidative and contaminatory micro-organisms are also inhibited BEFORE the juice is exposed to their harmful effects. A percentage of the wine is treated reductively to protect natural fruit aroma and delicacy.
The wines are settled for 24hours at 8°Celsius using pectolytic enzymes and carbon dioxide blankets to limit oxidation. After racking, the wines are immediately inoculated with pure yeast cultures to
ensure a reliable fermentary conclusion. Different yeast races are used to promote complexity.
Only new French and Hungarian oak barrels, with low toasting levels, are used to ensure that the wines are complimented by the wood, rather than dominated by the wood. The wines are fermented until dry, then racked, their acid adjusted and returned to the barrels for
further maturation on the lees. Ageing on the lees promotes creaminess and low sulphur levels enhance toffee characters.
The wines are left in the barrels for 7-months before blending and bottling. We strive to produce full-bodied complex white wines, which are well balanced, elegant and fresh.
Total Acidity 6.3 g/l
Volatile Acidity 0.43 g/l
Alcohol 13.5 %
Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009
Made from two different clones and blocks on the farm the wine has astounded critics for some time now for its beautifull integration of wood and fruit flavours, testament to the soils and winecraft exhibited and our 2014 has just come second in the Chardonnay Challenge in South Africa.
Residual Sugar 2.1 g/l
Free Sulphur 37 mg/l
Total Sulphur 118 mg/l
South African Airways Wine Awards – Chosen for 2011 Premium Class
Colour is pale straw with a lime hue.
Aroma - Toffee, apricot, wild honey, lime, floral and ripe pineapple
Flavours – Citrus, caramel and lingering oak character
A medium bodied white wine with moderate, well-integrated wood, crisp fruit and a long finish. This “fresher” version of Chardonnay can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with fish, poultry and other light dishes.
The grapes for this Chardonnay originate from trellised vines with excellent exposure on a high, North-Western Spur of the farm. Large canopies and supplementary drip irrigation to avoid water stress,
ensure optimal ripening conditions. The soil consists predominantly of Malmesbury shale, which has a low clay content and moderate potential. This soil structure has excellent water retention abilities,
especially in the deep root zone and the vines therefore only receive irrigation if the risk of extreme water stress should occur.
The yield is typically low (7-8tons/ha) and bunches are small. Mature vines promote the formation of small, uniform, compact bunches.
Our vineyards are far larger than our cellar capacity and this allows us to be highly selective. The berries were tasted daily and picked when we felt the aromas were at their peak. Bunch selection is applied in the vineyards and only healthy bunches ever reach the cellar.