Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2003

Colour: Light green with a straw yellow tint.
Bouquet: Pronounced toasted almonds and honey aromas with a combination of caramelised lemons and tropical fruit on the palate, which is balanced by subtle toasted wood flavours. A well-integrated wine with an appealing flavour and a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

He says that this wine can be enjoyed on its own or with fish, white meats and salads.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Plaisir De Merle
winemaker : Niel Bester
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.90 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.28  ta : 5.7 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : Grapes were sourced from vineyards in Simondium. The vines, ranging in from 8 to 23 years old, are situated between 360m and 450m above sea-level on the south-eastern slopes of the Simonsberg.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested by hand at between 23,3° and 24,9°

in the cellar : Balling and were fermented at 22°C for seven to eight days.
The wine was matured in a combination of new French oak (70%) and second-fill French oak barrels (30%), allowing it to retain its freshness and young character.

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