Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2008

A well balanced Chardonnay with beautiful mineral notes and excellent oak integration. Apricot and orange peel aromas are followed by flavours of almond and marzipan.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Randolph Christians
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.62 % vol  rs : 3.5 g/l  pH : 3.34  ta : 5.58 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
International Wine Challenge 2010: Silver Medal
90 Points Wine Spectator Advance, Best Buys - March 31, 2010
90 Points Wine Spectator Insider Edition - December 16, 2009
4 Stars in the Platter Wine Guide 2010

ageing : 5 years from vintage.

in the vineyard : A very wet winter with above average rainfall followed by a warm summer with daytime temperatures of 16 - 38°C.
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: 24 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 Bud Spur Pruning
Irrigation: Drip Irrigation

about the harvest: Harvested: 2nd and 3rd week of February 2008
Grape analysis
Acidity: 5.94 - 6.2
pH: 3.3 - 3.52
Sugar: 22.4° - 23.7° Balling
Yield: 5 - 6 tons/ha (±4000 litres / 10 000m²)

in the cellar : The Grapes were whole-bunch pressed, naturally fermented and matured in 40% new and 60% second-fill 300 litre Burgundian oak barrels for 12 months. The lees was stirred regularly and the wine was topped bi-weekly.

Oak used: 40% new and 60% second fill 300 litre Burgundian oak barrels for 12 months
Bottled: June 2009

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