Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay 2015

The wine has lovely citrus and lime tones on the nose. This vintage is made in a fresher, leaner style than before. The palate has a honeyed structure and the wines balanced acidity will have the wine ageing well in the bottle for a good year or two.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Lukas Wentzel
wine of origin : Darling
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.2 g/l  pH : 3.50  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

AWARDS
2015 Platter's South African Wine Guide - 4 stars
in the vineyard : Vines planted: 1995
Soil: Hutton & Oakleaf
Irrigation: Dry Land
Trellising: 5 wire extended moveable perold
Elevation: 400m

about the harvest: The Chardonnay grows on the highest hill where the rolling morning mist brings damp conditions ideal to slow ripening, but which make it a challenge to keep the vines free of mildew and botrytis.

Yield: 7t/ha

in the cellar : The unwooded style of Chardonnay is about maintaining freshness, therefore the grapes need to be kept at 14° - 18° C during the crush, skin contact period and fermentation. The fermentation in stainless steel tanks lasted 12 days. The wine spent 3 months on the lees before filtration and bottling.

The average weight of the berries was much lighter than last year. This will definitely contribute to more structured and intense wines.

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