Steenberg Wooded Chardonnay 1999

This Chardonnay has pronounced traits of butterscotch with cream and citrus playing through the soft, distinctive flavour of French oak. Its subtle balance produces a rich complexity with a remarkably smooth finsih.

variety : Chardonnay | Chardonnay
winemaker : Nicky Versfeld
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.7 % vol  rs : 1.7 g/l  pH : 3.44  ta : 7.3 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

Veritas Awards 2000 - Bronze
about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at a sugar level of 23.7ºB and pressed at 18ºC.

in the cellar : The must was inoculated in tank and then transferred to 1st and 2nd fill 225 litre French wood for barrel fermentation. This must was lees stirred twice a week for the first 4 weeks and then once a week for 3 months. The wine remained on its original fermentation lees without sulphur dioxide, in barrel for 6 months. Malolactic fermentation occurred in the 2nd fill barrel and after 12 months, th wine was blended to tank. The wine was protein and cold stabilised and given a gentle filtration before bottling.

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