Springfield Estate Methode Ancienne Chardonnay 2012

Springfield Estate Méthode Ancienne Chardonnay 2012 is in the ancient style of Burgundy, rarely is this technique with wild yeast and no fining/filtration used in the new world. Thus, a wine of distinctive and classical character, it will develop slowly and is made to last (we hope) a lifetime. Nuances of lime, cointreau and oranges – a big wine with classical character!

Do not serve too cold, recommended at 13ºC - 14ºC.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Abrie Bruwer
wine of origin : Robertson
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.9 g/l  pH : 3.3  ta : 6.1 g/l  fso2 : 16 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

Bouquet will develop in glass from initially restrained to a full expression after 10 minutes. This wine is so to say alive inside the bottle and should be cellared lying down below 15ºC. The wax on the cork should be removed by chipping it with a knife prior to opening. With time decanting may become necessary as slight crystals and sediment may form.

in the vineyard : 

Vineyard: Chardonnay, Clone CY3 on Rootstock: 101/14. 19 years old
Yield: 2.5 t/ha

Slope: very gentle, southerly
Soil: chalk and calcrete formations
Climate: moderate summer with low night temperatures, cold winter
Wind: south easterly (summer)

about the harvest: Harvested at night in March 2012.

in the cellar : 

No skin contact, oxidised must, no sulphur with harvest Fermented from juice in the following: 30% new Nadalié 600 litre Perle Blanche barrels 70% second fill Sequin Moreau 300 litre Haute Sutaie barrels.

Fermentation: Native yeast, 55 days (followed by 100% MLF)
Maturation: 12 months on lees in barrels
Bottling: Unfiltered, unfined and unstabilized

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