Bouchard Finlayson Sans Barrique Chardonnay 1999

Crafted in a Burgundian style for wine lovers who like their Chardonnay unhindered by the taste of oak. It projects a strong apple and citrus fruitiness while not over powering the dry mineral tones on the mid-palate. The wine appears deceptively light to start with, but finishes with great length and depth of flavour. Will mature for 3-4 years, while it is eminently pleasing as a young wine.

variety : Chardonnay [ Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Peter Finlayson
wine of origin : Walker Bay
analysis : alc : 13.4 % vol  rs : 1.6 g/l  pH : 3.33  ta : 7.2 g/l  
type : White  
pack : Bottle  

in the cellar : Produced from the same grapes as the "Kaaimansgat" Chardonnay. Only in this instance the wine was not barrel fermented but allowed to age on the primary lees for eight months. The growing conditions at Kaaimansgat Vineyard (700 meters above sea level) are particularly cool and thus condusive to producing small grapes with great concentration of flavour.
1999 was a challenging vintage rendering berries in near perfect condition.

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