Hazendal White Nights (Beliye Nochi) 1998 MCC

The maiden vintage was released to celebrate the new Millennium and Hazendal’s Tercentenary. White Nights evokes the rare and magical phenomenon of the Northern Lights – breathtaking luminous bands of mystical silvery light that bathe the ancient Russian city of St Petersburg. The wine is fruity and medium-bodied with an attractive creamy texture. There’s a distinct yeastiness, not unlike freshly-baked bread, and delicate apple flavours on the finish.

variety : Chardonnay [ 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir ]
winery : Hazendal
winemaker : Ronel Wiid
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 12.0 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  ta : 5.5 g/l  
type : Sparkling  
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : The wine is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, from young (5 year-old) vineyards on Hazendal Estate.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked at between 18,5 and 19 degrees Balling and received a gentle whole-bunch pressing.

in the cellar : The must was fermented dry and the wine bottled in July 1998. It spent 3 years on the lees before the first batch was degorged.

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