Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2005

This is a smooth, medium-full style wine with good mango, ripe apple and lemon flavours. A good fruit balance shows on the palate and carries through to the finish.

The 2005 Chardonnay is a very pleasant wine to enjoy chilled any time of the day. It goes well with any seafood, pasta, chicken and salads.

variety : Chardonnay [ Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Johan Joubert
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.1 g/l  pH : 3.64  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : White  
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : The grapes, coming from Wellington and Villiersdorp, was separately picked and fermented at different sugar levels to insure a balance of citrus, mango fruit.

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested from low yield bearing trellised vines. Yields averaged between 6 to 8 tons per hectare. The relatively cool ripening conditions led to Chardonnay fruit being harvested with excellent cultivar fruit flavours. The vineyards are situated at a higher altitude south western facing slopes with soils with good water retention. After being harvested at full ripeness, the juice was left in contact with the skins.

in the cellar : The fermentation process took place in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the wine was left on the lees for four months to add complexity and fullness to the wine.

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