Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie 2012

285Light straw in colour with a fresh green hue. Citrus, stone fruit and mineral notes show on the nose that follow through on the subtle but well structured palate.

Elegant and well-balanced, with the potential to develop beautifully in the bottle.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Reg Holder
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.00 % vol  rs : 2.87 g/l  pH : 3.34  ta : 5.93 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

ageing : Drink now or keep for four to five years.

in the vineyard : Vines planted in 1989 in Clovelly soil at 420 metres above sea level on the south-western slopes of the Simonsberg mountain. Clones used were Davis 3 and Davis 5 on Richter 110. The average yield was 3.5 tons/ha.

Origin
Simonsberg ward, Stellenbosch, South Africa

about the harvest: Grapes were hand-picked.

in the cellar : After the hand-picked grapes were pressed whole bunch. The juice was left overnight for a course settling. Racked to barrel, and left to ferment wild.

The wine spent 10months on the lees in a combination of 225L and 500L French oak barrels of which 27% were new. Battonage was only done for the first 6 weeks after fermentation. Some of the barrels went through malolactic fermentation, but it was not monitored

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