Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2007

Trophy - South African Chardonnay over £10 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge Competition 2009

A typical South African Chardonnay because of its beautiful mineral notes and wonderful oak integration. Apricot & orange peel aromas are followed by flavours of almond and marzipan.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.29 % vol  rs : 2.6 g/l  pH : 3.37  ta : 5.7 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
Trophy - South African Chardonnay over £10 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge Competition 2009

ageing : 5 Years from vintage.

in the vineyard : Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain and Simonsberg Mountain, Stellenbosch
Altitude: 140 - 450m
Distance from sea: 7 - 25km
Soil type: Decomposed Granite (Tukulu/Hutton)
Rootstock: Richter 99
Age of vines: 23 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 Bud Spur Pruning
Irrigation: Drip Irrigation

about the harvest: Harvested: 1st and 2nd week of February 2007 
Grape analysis:
Acidity: 5.98 - 7.92
pH: 3.37 - 3.6
Sugar: 23.5° - 23.9° Balling
Yield: 5 - 6 tons/ha

in the cellar : All grapes are hand-picked and chilled over-night before being whole-bunch pressed. The juice is run directly into cask for natural fermentation. Further 11 - 12 months barrel maturation. The lees was stirred regularly and the wine was topped bi-weekly.

OAK USED: 40% New 500 litre and 60% 2nd & 3rd fill 225 litre Burgundian barrels.
BOTTLED: July 2008

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