Opstal Chardonnay Barrel Dessert 2011

The appearance has a beautiful clean, bright golden colour. There is a lot happening on the nose, with the combination of rich fruit and oaky flavours overlaid by fragrant honey. The palate is finished off with flavours of butterscotch, almonds and toffee. Truly a wine that make us proud.
"... a fine example of imaginative winemaking." - David Biggs (well known SA wine judge)


variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Stanley Louw
wine of origin : Breedekloof
analysis : alc : 15.0 % vol  rs : 190.0 g/l  pH : 3.44  ta : 4.2 g/l  va : 0.27 g/l  so2 : 107 mg/l  fso2 : 25 mg/l  
type : Dessert  style : Sweet   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
Michelangelo CCL International Wine Awards - Gold Medal
in the vineyard : Appellation: Breedekloof
Area Planted: 1.5 ha
Age Of Vines: 5 yrs
Rootstock: Paulsen
Trellis System: 4 Wire Cordon, Perold System
Irrigation: Drip

about the harvest: Date: 5 April 2011
Type: Hand
Yield: 2 - 3 ton/ha

in the cellar : Chrushing / Destemming: Berry sorted, whole bunch pressed, chilled, settled overnight at 10 - 12°C
Tanks (Type): 50% in new French Barrels for 12 months, 50% in stainless steel tank
Fermentation Method: No fermentation - Juice was fortified with 3 year old brandy spirits the day after picking/crushing

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