Mulderbosch Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2004

This lively wine shows green and gold hues. Packed with classic Chardonnay fruit, the wine entices the senses with tones of vanilla, English country garden herbs, buttered toast, rolled oats, peach pip, chestnut and tangerine. The long lees contact ensured a robust, round and sensual palate that lingers on the aftertaste.

Perfect with perlemoen fried in butter, grilled crayfish with lemon and garlic butter, or duck liver pate, honey-glazed roast pork, fresh grilled tuna, Karoo lamb, prosciutto ham or as a meal on it’s own!

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Mike Dobrovic
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.14 % vol  rs : 5.7 g/l  pH : 3.33  ta : 7.1 g/l  so2 : 123 mg/l  fso2 : 38 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

97 Vintage: ****(*)- ‘A masterpiece - World class’. Wine Magazine - March 1999 edition.
98 Vintage: **** Wine Magazine - October 1999 edition.
98 Vintage: Trophy winner out of 200 wines entered in the Air France/Preteux Bourgeois ‘Classic Wine Trophy 1999’ (white wine category).
2000 Vintage: judged as ‘Trophy winner’ and therefore Top White Wine in South Africa, out of 787 entries in the SA Trophy Wine Show 2002.
2000 Vintage: won a gold medal and declared the ‘Best Chardonnay’ in the Chardonnay category at the SA Trophy Wine Show 2002.
2001 Vintage: Silver medal at the Chardonnay-du-Monde International Competition in France.
2001 Vintage: Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2003 - Bronze
2001 Vintage: Wine Magazine 2003 - 3½ stars
2002 Vintage: Gold medal at the Classic Wine Trophy Competition 2003
2002 Vintage: Chardonnay-du-Monde 2004 - Silver
2003 Vintage: 5 Stars - Wine Magazine June 2005 Issue
Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2004 - Gold & Trophy Winner in Chardonnay Class
Fairbairn Capital Trohpy Show 2005 - Bronze
Silver - International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2005
2003 Vintage - International Wine Challenge 2005 - Bronze
2003 Vintage - First Runner-up at the Tri Nations Wine Challenge 2005 in Australia;
2004 Vintage - 4 Stars Wine Magazine – November 2005
2004 Vintage - 4 Stars in John Platter
2004 Vintage - International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2006 - Silver

ageing : 6 to 9 years after harvest.

in the vineyard : Soil Type: Decomposed Malmesbury Shale, Hutton, Tukulu, Glenrosa
Age of vines: 17 years
Trellising: Vertical trellis / 3 cordon
Vine Density: ± 3 300 vines / ha
Irrigation: Yes, drip irrigation

about the harvest: Picking date: 26 February 2004
Yield: 6 tonnes per hectare
Grape Sugar: 24° B at harvest
Acidity: 7.5g/l at harvest
pH at harvest: 3.34

in the cellar : The grapes were hand picked from a single vineyard in the Koelenhof area. The grapes were allowed 3 hours skin contact before being pressed. The juice was settled overnight and then racked to French oak barriques with 3% of the lees. After 4 days the wine started spontaneous fermentation. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation (approximately 12%) and was left on the gross lees for nine months, during which the barrels were rolled 3 times a month. After barrel maturation the wine was lightly filtered and then bottled.
Wood ageing: 9 months in 100% new French Oak (Vicard Prestige barrels)
Total production: 500 x 12
Fermentation temperature: 18 to 25°C

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