Steenberg Sphynx Chardonnay 2015

This wine has notes of citrus, stone fruits and oaky tones on the nose. The palate is soft and smoothwith notes of lemon, lime, quince and some chalky characters. Bright acidity brings freshness and length to the wine.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : JD Pretorius
wine of origin : Breede River Valley
analysis : alc : 13.0 % vol  rs : 1.8 g/l  pH : 3.46  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : Ready to enjoy now, but will reward cellaring for the next 2 - 3 years.

in the vineyard : Soil type: Clovelly / Oakleaf / Avalon
Trellising: Elongated Perold
Age of vines: 15 - 30 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud
Origin: Robertson, Darling and Elgin

about the harvest: Harvested: January / February 2015
Yield: 4.5 ton/Ha

in the cellar : Grapes sourced from Robertson were fermented naturally in used large format French oak. The Darling portion was inoculated with natural yeast and fermented in new 225l French oak barrels, and the Elgin portion was inoculated with an aromatic yeast strain in a combination of new and used barrels. Barrel fermented and maturation lasted for a total of three months. Partial malolactic fermentation took place in barrel, but was not allowed to complete in order to retain freshness. Hereafter the wine was taken to stainless steel and prepared for bottling in May 2015.

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