Oak Valley Chardonnay 2014

Oak Valley Chardonnay expresses generous fruit intensity of green apple, pear, citrus, cool lime and lemon freshness while retaining elegant restraint. More judicious use of oak compared to the 2013 vintage as the 2014 is defined by enhanced minerality and freshness. Oatmeal and hazelnut add complexity to a balanced finish. A slight departure from previous vintages in favour of a leaner, fruit forward and more refined style.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winery : Oak Valley
winemaker : Pieter Visser
wine of origin : Elgin
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 3.5 g/l  pH : 3.39  ta : 6.4 g/l  va : 0.59 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Mineral   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : Cellaring potential of 5 - 8 years.

in the vineyard : 

Fruit is sourced from the oldest vineyard on Oak Valley (2.12ha) planted in 1992. A new block was planted in 2008 and fruit from these vineyards is vinified separately before blending.

Aspect: South-west facing slopes
Elevation: 300m (old block) / 430m (new block)
Soil type: Medium texture gravelly soils
Clones: CY3, 5, 95, 268, 548
Rootstock: R110, 101-14
Planting date: 1992, 2008
Ha planted: 5.21 ha
Average tonnage: 6-8 tons p/ha
Irrigation: Drip irrigation, post-harvest mostly
Trellis system: Extended Perold
Vines per ha: 3205 - 4167 vines

about the harvest: 
Hand-picked into 18-20 kg lug boxes.

Harvest date: 20 February - 18 March 2014

in the cellar : Bunches are hand sorted, de-stemmed and go straight to press. Pressing juice is settled and racked into barrel where fermentation begins naturally. Fermentation in barrel occurs at 10-22°C until dry. The wine spends 9 months on the lees stirred once-a-month. For the first time, a portion (1,600 litre) was tank fermented and used in the final blend in order to achieve a greater level of freshness characterised by oak restraint. After alcoholic fermentation, it went through 10% malolactic which started spontaneously. The wine was matured for 9 months in 30% new French oak using 300 litre hogsheads while the remainder was in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.

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