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Marklew Chardonnay 2009
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Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Kajo Malek
Main Variety
Chardonnay
Appellation
Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
Alcohol
14.21 %vol
pH
3.60
RS
1.58 g/l
TA
5.80 g/l

Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Body
Medium

Tasting Notes
A wonderfully rich and indulgent wine with hints of citrus and butterscotch.

Ageing Potential
Chardonnay 2009 is drinking well now, but can be drunk a 2 - 4 years after vintage.

Blend Information
100% Chardonnay

Food Suggestions
Fish (calamari, salmon), Thai curry, and soups.

In The Vineyard
Soil: Red Hutton
Slope Direction: SE Facing
Age of Vineyard: 12 years old
Yield: 5.2 tons per hectare
Rootstock: Richter 99
Our Chardonnay was hand picked and vinified from a selection of rows out of a top-performing dry land block of vineyard on the farm.

In The Cellar
Grapes were hand sorted and whole bunch pressed in a traditional basket press. Alcoholic fermentation was done in a selection of French 300 litre barrels where it matured for 10 months before bottling. Oaking: 20% New French barrels, 80% 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels. Barrels were stirred once a week to add a buttery full bodied complexity. Fermentation: grapes were barrel fermented at a low temperature to ensure fruit flavors on both nose and palate. malolactic fermentation was 100% completed. Then the wine was lightly filtered before bottling and then labeled on the farm.

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