Spier Private Collection Chardonnay 2008

Appearance: Lemon yellow with a green hue.
Flavours: Rich aromas of fresh citrus fruit, lime, yellow apple and suble oak. A well balanced palate with flavours of butterscothch and vanilla with a long, zesty finish.

Serve with fish, lobster or shrimp with butter or cream sayce.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Spier Wine Farm
winemaker : Jacques Erasmus
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.9 % vol  rs : 3.9 g/l  pH : 3.20  ta : 5.8 g/l  va : 0.51 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
Chardonnay du-Monde 2011 - Silver
Veritas 2010 Wine Awards - Double Gold Medal
in the vineyard : Average Temperature: Winter 9/18°C / Summer 14/27°C
Proximity to ocean: 15 km
Annual rainfall: 680 mm
Soil: Swartland, Estcourt and Kroonstad
Vineyard: Trellised vines aged 7 - 9 years yeilded the grapes for this wine at an average of 6 tonnes per hactare.
Vintage: The 2007 winter was very cold with a high rainfall. Cooler weather than normal during the ripening period resulted in slow ripening conditions with small berries and concentrated flaours.

about the harvest: Grapes were hand-harvested from select vineyard blocks between 23° - 24.5° Balling in 9kg crates.

in the cellar : After hand sorting the grapes on the sorting table, the grapes were gently crushed and pressed. Following fermentation in French oak barrels, the wine matured on the lees for 11 months. Only the finest barrels were chosen for blending and bottling.

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