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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2004

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2006 - Silver
A lengthy barrel maturation on gross lees in conjunction with natural fermentation has allowed the wood and fruit to "marry" well. The results are a complex array of flavours and aromas which are continuously changing as the wine spends more time in bottle. Currently the nose shows nuttiness and marzipan with underlying citrus (grapefruit, nartjie) and hints of white peach aromatics. A firm palate gives backbone to concentrated fruit and the richness of the wine. This wine will develop in bottle, leading to new nuances and flavours and continual drinking pleasure for years to come.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.8 g/l  pH : 3.29  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2006 - Silver

ageing : 5 Years from vintage.

in the vineyard : Cultivar: 100% Chardonnay
Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain.
Altitude: 200 - 350 m
Distance from sea: ±7 km
Soil type: Decomposed Granite
Rootstock: Richter 99
Age of vines: 20 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 Node spur pruning
Irrigation: Yes, drip irrigation

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested in February 2004.
Grape analysis:
Acidity: 7g/l
pH: 3.1
Sugar: 23-24 ° Balling
Yield: 49 hl/ha

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