Journeys End Chardonnay 2019

R177.00

Clear and bright, straw with a hint of green. This vintage is showing more restrained delicate citrus fruit and orange blossom characteristics. The wine has a beautiful vanilla oak aromatic due to the 9 month barrelling period. The palate is smooth, with a zesty finish from the fruit and acid combination. Drink now with potential aging until 2020.

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Description

CHARDONNAY 2019

W.O. Stellenbosch

Winemaking Notes

The Grapes were picked from vineyard blocks 2C, 11 and 16D resting on soils consisting of the Oakleaf and Tukulu types. These two soils are closely related and express high clay content increasing the vineyards fertility. Water drainage is good creating a perfect medium for production of high-quality Chardonnay grapes. The decomposed granite content of the soil tends to add a flinty mineral element to the wine and the vineyards proximity to the ocean promises a subtle salinity.

The grapes were handpicked before being brought to the cellar. They were sorted before being subjected to a combination of whole bunch and destemmed pressing programs. Only free run juice was used to produce this wine which was enzymatically settled before being moved into 300L French oak barrels for fermentation. 50% of the total blend was fermented from indigenous yeast strains with the other 50% being inoculated fermentations. Fermentation lasted between 20 and 35 days before the wine left to rest for an 8-month barreling period in 15% new oak and 85% second fill French oak. Malolactic fermentation was avoided creating a wine with great zestiness and good natural acidity. We fine the wine with bentonite which means our wine is vegan friendly.

Tasting Notes

Clear and bright, straw with a hint of green. The wine shows delicate citrus fruit and orange blossom characteristics. This is a fruit forward wine with a smooth pallet and zesty finish due to restrained malolactic fermentation. Well balanced with subtle lactone notes providing layered complexity. The natural incorporation of mineral and saline notes promises a unique coastal style Chardonnay which will reward patient cellaring. Drink now with potential ageing until 2024.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 13.73%
Total Acidity: 6.48 g/L
pH: 3.48
Residual Sugar: 2.85 g/L

Viticulture

Climate Coastal
Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type 60% Tukulu, 40% Oakleaf
Clones CY3, CY18
Rootstock Richter 110
Planting date 1997 – 1998
HA planted 2.52ha
Average tonnage 5 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 strand
Harvest dates 18 – 25 February 2017
Vines per Ha 2787

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