Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2000

Ripe apricot and white peach characters with hints of marzipan and vanilla. Rich and long.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.3 % vol  rs : 4.8 g/l  pH : 3.21  ta : 5.7 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
4 Stars - John Platter 2002
5 Stars - USA' Restaurant Wine Guide
3 Stars "Recommended" - Decanter Magazine (March 2002)
87 Points (Very Good to Excellent) - Review from March/April issue of Stephen
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Silver medal (Mcdailles d'Argent) - Concours du Mondial 2002

ageing : Will offer great drinking over the next 4 years.

in the vineyard : Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
Altitude: 200-350m
Distance from sea: approx. 7km
Soil Type: Decomposed granite
Rootstock: Richter 99
Ages of vines: 16 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 node spur pruning

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested in February 2000.
Yield: 5.5 tons/hectare

in the cellar : 100% Barrel fermented in 50% new French Oak. 50% 2nd, 3rd fill oak barrels. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged for 11 months in barrels on gross lees, with periodic battonage (lees stirring). The wine was bottled on 15 January 2001.

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