Mulderbosch Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2007

This lively wine shows green and gold hues. Packed with classic Chardonnay fruit, the wine entices the senses with tones of vanilla, English country garden herbs, buttered toast, rolled oats, peach pip, chestnut and tangerine. The long lees contact ensured a robust, round and sensual palate that lingers on the aftertaste.

Perfect with perlemoen fried in butter, grilled crayfish with lemon and garlic butter, or duck liver pate, honey-glazed roast pork, fresh grilled tuna, Karoo lamb, prosciutto ham or as a meal on its own!

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Mike Dobrovic
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.75 % vol  rs : 6.7 g/l  pH : 3.31  ta : 6.81 g/l  so2 : 166 mg/l  fso2 : 41 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
  • 97 Vintage: 4½ Stars - 'A masterpiece - World class' Wine Magazine - March 1999 edition.
  • 98 Vintage: 4 Stars Wine Magazine - October 1999 edition.
  • 98 Vintage: Trophy winner out of 200 wines entered in the Air France/Preteux Bourgeois 'Classic Wine Trophy 1999' (white wine category).
  • 2000 Vintage: judged as "Trophy winner" and therefore Top White Wine in South Africa, out of 787 entries in the SA Trophy Wine Show 2002.
  • 2000 Vintage: won a gold medal and declared the "Best Chardonnay" in the Chardonnay category at the SA Trophy Wine Show 2002.
  • 2001 Vintage: Silver medal at the Chardonnay-du-Monde International Competition in France.
  • 2001 Vintage: Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2003 - Bronze
  • 2001 Vintage: Wine Magazine 2003 - 3½ stars
  • 2002 Vintage: Gold medal at the Classic Wine Trophy Competition 2003
  • 2002 Vintage: Chardonnay-du-Monde 2004 - Silver
  • 2003 Vintage: 5 Stars - Wine Magazine June 2005 Issue; Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2004 - Gold & Trophy Winner in Chardonnay Class; Fairbairn Capital Trohpy Show 2005 - Bronze; Silver - International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2005
  • 2003 Vintage: International Wine Challenge 2005 - Bronze
  • 2004 Vintage: 4 Stars Wine Magazine "November 2005; 4 Stars in John Platter; Winner of the Tri Nations Wine Challenge 2006 in Australia; Rated 91/100 by Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (USA);
    2005 Vintage: 4 Stars Wine Magazine - November 2006; 4 Stars in John Platter; One of the TOP 10 wines as judged for the 2006 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year; Gold Medal at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
  • 2003 Vintage: First Runner-up at the Tri Nations Wine Challenge 2005 in Australia;
  • 2004 Vintage: 4 Stars Wine Magazine - November 2005
  • 2004 Vintage: 4 Stars in John Platter
  • 2004 Vintage: International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2006 - Silver
  • 2005 Vintage: 4 Stars Wine Magazine - November 2006; One of the TOP 10 wines as judged for the 2006 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year
  • 2005 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2007 - Silver
  • 2005 Vintage: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2007 - Gold (95/100)
  • 2006 Vintage: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2009 - Silver medal (80/100)
  • Listed in The Top 100 SA Wines Competition

ageing : 6 to 9 years after harvest.

about the harvest: The grapes were handpicked from vineyards on Mulderbosch, situated in the Koelenhof area.

in the cellar : The grapes were allowed 3 hours skin contact before being pressed. The juice was settled overnight and then racked to French oak barriques with 3% of the lees. After 4 days the wine started spontaneous fermentation. The wine underwent no malolactic fermentation and was left on the gross lees for nine months, during which the barrels were rolled 3 times a month. After barrel maturation the wine was lightly filtered and then bottled.

Wood ageing
76% new and 24% 2nd fill French oak barrels (225L) for 9 months

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