Leopards Leap Culinaria Collection Pinot Noir / Chardonnay 2014

Leopard's Leap Culinaria Pinot Noir Chardonnay has a well-defined structure, long on acidity and chock-full of fruity flavours such as strawberry, raspberry, red currant, pomegranate and plum.

Combining the characteristics of both a white and a red wine, this blend is exceptionally flexible in food-and-wine matching.

variety : Pinot Noir | 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
winemaker : Eugene van Zyl
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 12.5 % vol  rs : 1.9 g/l  pH : 3.46  ta : 5.9 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : Origin: Culinaria Pinot Noir Chardonnay is a Wine of Origin Western Cape. Grapes used for the production of this Burgundy-style blend originate from Durbanville (Chardonnay) and Perdeberg (Pinot Noir).

The Pinot Noir component from Perdeberg enjoys south-easterly afternoon winds that cool down the whole valley, while the vines grow in well-drained soils - conditions that contribute largely to varietal flavours of this variety. The Chardonnay component from Durbanville originates from vines growing on south-easterly slopes situated close to the Atlantic ocean, where a cool growing climate ensures favourable slower ripening.

about the harvest: Both varieties were harvested at an average of 23.5° Balling, bunch-sorted and whole-bunch pressed.

in the cellar : The juice was allowed to settle, then fermented separately in second-fill French oak barrels at 20° Celsius. Barrels were topped up and left on the lees for six months. After six months the wine was blended and returned to the barrels for a further three months' maturation prior to bottling and release.

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