Steenberg Sphynx Chardonnay 2016

On the nose; notes of lime, peach, pear drop, butterscotch and vanilla jump out of the glass. The palate is soft and smooth with hints of stone fruits, citrus and custard like creaminess on the finish. Bright acidity brings freshness and length to the wine.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : JD Pretorius
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 12.5 % vol  rs : 1.2 g/l  pH : 3.43  ta : 5.63 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: 16 - 31 years
Pruning: Spur - 2 bud

about the harvest: Harvested: March 2016

in the cellar : Grapes sourced from Darling and Constantia. Barrel fermented for a total of 6 weeks in 100% new, small French oak barrels. 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 to spend a further 3 months on fine lees before it was fined bottled.

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