Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie 2013

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 : 13.5 % vol  rs : 2.35 g/l  pH : 3.45  ta : 6.74 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
2015 John Platter Guide - 4 stars

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

in the vineyard : Clones used were Davis 3 and Davis 5 on Richter 110. The average yield was 4.2 tons/ha.

about the harvest: 

Grapes were hand-picked.

Grape Analysis:
Sugar: 22.8-23.7°B  |  pH: 3.23  |  Total acidity: 7.7 g/ℓ

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 11 months on the lees in a combination of 225L and 500L French oak barrels of which 30% 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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