Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2004

The prominent aromas and flavours on the nose and palate are pear, citrus, almonds, green apple, litchi and melon. A crisp, fresh wine, yet balanced with primary Chardonnay fruit flavours and integrated oak vanillin.

Fresh tuna carpaccio, duck roasted with a ginger-citrus sauce, snails, roast lamb with rosemary, seafood pasta and smoked fish springrolls.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Mike Dobrovic
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 12.88 % vol  rs : 4.8 g/l  pH : 3.25  ta : 7.0 g/l  so2 : 112 mg/l  fso2 : 40 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fragrant   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
92 Vintage: **** John Platter; Gold at the London Wine Challenge;
93 Vintage: **** in Wine Magazine; **** John Platter
94 Vintage: Listed with SAA; **** in Wine Magazine
95 Vintage: **** John Platter
96 Vintage: John Platter’s “Pick of the Bunch”; 90/100 points in the Wine Spectator – 15 May 1999.
98 Vintage: **** John Platter
2002 Vintage: Chardonnay-du-Monde International 2003, France - Silver
2002 Vintage: USA Wine Spectator - 92/100
2002 Vintage: Swiss Airlines International Wine Awards 2004 - Bronze
Won a silver medal at the Chardonnay-du-Monde International Competition in France
**** in John Platter, 92/100 in USA Wine Spectator
2003 Vintage: **** in John Platter

ageing : This wine is drinking beautifully now, but has the ability to mature for another 4 to 7 years.

in the vineyard : Soil Type: Decomposed Malmesbury Shale, Hutton, Tukulu, Glenrosa
Age of vines: 15 - 16 years
Trellising: Vertical trellis / 3 cordon
Vine Density: ± 3 300 vines / ha
Yield: 6 tonnes per hectare
Irrigation: Yes, drip irrigation

about the harvest: Picking date: 16 - 26 February 2004
Grape Sugar: 24 °B at harvest
Acidity: 7.5 g/l at harvest
pH at harvest: 3.38
Total production: 4 250 x 12 cases

in the cellar : The grapes were hand picked in the early morning to ensure coolness. Forty five percent of the wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remainder of the wine was fermented with its own indigenous yeast in French oak barrels, half in new barrels and half in second fill barrels. The wine underwent no malolactic fermentation and was left on the gross lees for eight months. It was then lightly fined and filtered before being bottled. The wine was allowed 8 months maturation in the bottle before being released.
Fermentation temperature: 18 – 25°C
Wood ageing: 55% of wine in barrel for 8 months (half in new, half in second fill).

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