KLOOVENBURG BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY 2016
An 14 year old single vineyard standing on a schist soil on trellis.
VINIFICATION AND CELLAR NOTES
All grapes are handpicked during the early morning hours and then cooled overnight in a temperature – controlled room at 5 °C. One component is picked at 22° Balling to add freshness and length to the final blend; the other component is picked at 24° Balling to add body and riper flavours. The grapes are then crushed, destemmed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for 4 hours of skin contact. The free run juice is then drained into a stainless steel tank to let the juice settle for 24 hours at 8 °C. No enzymes are used during the settling process.
The juice is racked from the thick lees to 300 L French oak barrels, 20% new and 80% third and fourth fill. 50% of the wine ferments spontaneously and the balance is inoculated with CY3079 yeast. Fermentation takes up to three months to complete. After fermentation the wine is given a low dose of sulphur and is left on the lees with regular battonage. This Kloovenburg barrel fermented Chardonnay spends a total of 10 months in the barrel before it is blended and bottled.
Alcohol 13.7%; Sugar 2,0 g/l; pH 3,4; Acidity 6,2 g/l; Total SO2 91 mg/L
Colour: Yellow – gold
Nose: Layers of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon
Palate: Banana, lime and citrus, with a creamy textured finish
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