Slaley Chardonnay 2006

A very lively Chardonnay showing some oak derived flavours, smokiness, nuttiness and butterscotch on the nose. Primary fruit flavours are pear, marmalade, citrus and apricot. A nice creamy texture with a fresh acidity to balance the wine. - Winemaker Marius Malan


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Slaley Wines
winemaker : Marius Malan
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.2 % vol  rs : 3.8 g/l  pH : 3.34  ta : 6.5 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Age of vines: 1984 - 22 years. Single vineyard Block 112
Trellising: 5 wire trellising
Pruning: Cordon with spurs
Soil: Deep Hutton.
Position: South West facing slope of Simonsberg on the farm Slaley.
Irrigation: Drip
Yield: 4.3

The 2006 vintage produced a bit of botrytis rot in the bunches, as always. With the very hot vintage the grapes ripened better and produced more sugar. - Marius Malan

about the harvest: Harvest Date: 21 February 2006

in the cellar : Fermentation: Naturally fermented in barrel with yeast from mother nature, stressful, but worth every prayer. Stirred often to optimise yeast autolysis.
Maturation: 11 months - 100% French oak (50% new, 50% 3rd fill)
Fining: Isinglass & bentonite
Filtration: Light sheet to the bottle.

With the higher production in alcohol, less new French oak were used to optimise wood extraction and balance in the wine.

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