Spier Signature Chardonnay 2016

Pale straw in colour with a green hue. Grape fruit, lime, yellow apple, banana, pear and hints of vanilla / butterscotch on the nose. The palate is creamy with layered fruit, pleasant acidity and good balance.

Serve well-chilled. Ideal with pan-fried salmon in a lemon butter sauce.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Spier
winemaker : Anton Swarts
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13.0 % vol  rs : <5 g/l  pH : 3.64  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Screwcap  

in the vineyard : Origin
Grapes are sourced from the Breedekloof and Coastal regions within the Western Cape of South Africa.

Terroir / Soil
Soil and subsoil from various regions of the Western Cape: Clovelly, Estcourt, Kroonstad, Alluvial soil in ancient riverbed, and Glenrosa.

Vineyard and Climate Conditions
Trellised vines yielded the grapes for this wine. Vines are between 13 - 19 years old and received supplementary drip irrigation and produced 10 – 14 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: Grapes were hand harvested from selected vineyard blocks.

in the cellar : Grapes were received at cellar, de-stemmed, slightly crushed and pressed. Juice of the individual block selections (some separate and some blended) were then temperature-control fermented, in stainless steel tanks, with selected yeast strains. Only the best tanks were selected for the final preparation of the blend. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for two months prior preparation for bottling. 5% barrel fermented in new French oak barrels.

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