Spier Private Collection Chardonnay 2007

2008 Veritas Awards - Gold Medal

Bright yellow in colour, the wine shows rich aromas of citrus fruits with nutty butterscotch. A well balanced, elegant palate of citrus fruits and subtle oak flavours lingers on the finish.

Serve with seared butterfish in a lemon herb sauce.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Spier Wine Farm
winemaker : Jacques Erasmus
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 4.9 g/l  pH : 3.35  ta : 6.4 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
2008 Veritas Awards - Gold Medal

ageing : Enjoy now, or within 5 - 8 years from harvest.

in the vineyard : Average Temperature: Winter 13°C / Summer 24°C
Proximity to ocean: 15 km
Annual rainfall: 720 mm
Soil: Swartland, Estcourt and Kroonstad
Vineyard: Trellised, 10 year-old vines planted on south-facing slopes yielded the grapes for this wine. The vineyards received supplementary drip irrigation and produced 7 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Grapes were hand-harvested from selected="true" vineyard blocks at 23-24° Balling.

in the cellar : Sorted, de- stemmed and crushed. Following fermentation in French oak barrels, the wine matured on the lees for 12 months. Only the finest wine was chosen for blending and bottling.

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