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Thelema Chardonnay 2010

This wine has a beautiful light straw colour with hints of green. The nose shows pure marmalade fruit and complex yeasty flavours in a nice harmony with toasty oak. The palate is clean and pure with a lovely texture and finishes long.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Gyles Webb & Rudi Schultz
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.25 % vol  rs : 1.6 g/l  pH : 3.44  ta : 6.2 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Medium   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : Drinking well now, and will develop more complexity over the next 3 years.

in the vineyard : Root stock: 101-14, R110
Soil type: Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines: Planted 1985, 1986
Plant density: 3432 vines per hectare
Trellising: Vertical hedge
Pruning: 2-bud spurs every 12 cm
Irrigation: Supplementary drip
Vintage: One of the more difficult vintages in recent years. Warm spells of weather, with random rainy periods during the ripening period.

about the harvest: Picking date: 10th – 12th February
Grape sugar: 22.5
Balling Acidity: 7.5 g/l
pH at harvest: 3.3

in the cellar : Yeasts: D522
Fermentation temp: 19o Celsius
Method: De-stalk, crush, pressed, settled in horizontal stainless steel tanks and fermented in 228 L French oak barrels.
Wood maturation: 10 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, balance in 3rd/4th fill
Battonage: Barrels stirred every two weeks.
Second Fermentation : 100% of the bottling completed Malolactic Fermentation in barrel

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