GREAT EXPECTATIONS CHARDONNAY 2017
Verities 2015: Bronze; Veritas 2016: Silver; Michelangelo Awards 2016: Silver; Michelangelo Awards 2017: Gold; Veritas 2017: Silver.
An 18 year old vineyard standing on a well drained loamy soil with some limestone. Rootstock Richter 110 and clone CY3.
A warm and dry season, with high temperatures in January. The grapes achieved ripeness quite easily with slightly higher alcohol levels and lower acidities. Overall, the dry weather ensured healthy grapes and wines with pronounced fruit and easy drinkability.
Machine harvested from 3am to 11am into 4 ton bins after we did grape selection in the vineyard. Production of 14 tons per hectare.
The grapes were crushed and destemmed into drainers. Only freerun juice was used for vinification. The fermentation was done in stainless steel tanks with French oak Viniblocks added at 1.5 g/hl dosage. Cg3079 was the yeast strain used and the juice was fermented at 16 deg. Celsius. After ferment, the wine was left on the gross lees without SO2 for 2 months after which the wine was racked, sulphured, fined and bottled.
Alcohol 14% Sugar 2,0 g/l pH 3,43 Acidity 5,6 g/l V/A 0,43
The wine has ample citrus and stonefruit flavours on the nose. The palate is full bodied and fruity with the oak adding extra depth of flavour and complexity to both the nose and palate. Ideal with fish and white meat dishes.