Consistently rated 4½ - 5 stars from Platter, previous vintages of this wine has won many awards including IWSC Best Chardonnay in the World (2006), Decanter Trophy for Best South African Chardonnay (2008), Trophy for Best Chardonnay at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (2005 and 2006) and this vintage won a Diamond Award at the 2010 Winemakers Choice Awards.
Ebullient aromas of lime and peach, with beautiful mineral notes and excellent oak integration. Dense flavours of citrus with a creamy complexity and a rich intense finish that lingers forever on the palate.
The unique high-altitude mountain vineyards located between 420 and 620 meters above sea level provide a cool climate that gives elegant wines with a distinctive character and uncompromising quality.
Yields of 32 hl/ha, the grapes were harvested at 22.0°B to 23°B All grapes are handpicked only in the early morning during cooler weather, placed into lug boxes (smaller quantities mean reduced compaction and damage to the fruit) and then hand-sorted on sorting tables. Grapes harvested from the morning side of the vineyard and afternoon side are kept separate and made apart.
The grapes were treated in various ways either whole bunch pressed or destemmed and crushed. All pressing cycles are gentle and only free-run juice is used, followed by natural fermentation in small French oak barrels and then a small % of the wine is allowed to complete malolactic fermentation for added complexity.
11 Months in small French oak barrels with lees stirring (batonage) when needed.
Alcohol 14%, Residual sugar 3.5g/litre, TA 7.21 g/litre, pH 3.25
Total production - 800 cases of 6 or 15 barrels 228 litres