Vergelegen Premium Chardonnay 2014

The wine shows an attractive lemony yellow-green colour with a complex nose of citrus, vanilla, butterscotch, tropical fruit and mineral tones. The palate is long and full with delicate wooding. Beautifully refined and elegant.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winery : Vergelegen Wines
winemaker : Andre van Rensburg
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.29  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : Drink over the next five years.

in the vineyard : The grapes selected for this premium Chardonnay were sourced from Vergelegen’s Korhaan, Rooiland, Rocklands , Slanghoek and Lower Schaapenberg vineyards.

about the harvest: This is the third year that only Estate-grown grapes have been used in the making of the Vergelegen Premium Chardonnay. The vineyards were cropped at 6.0 tons/ha. 60% of the grapes were barrel fermented at the rest in tanks. Selections were made in early December 2014 before bottling in January 2015. Harvesting for Chardonnay started on 3 February and was finished by 6 March. This is the first production of Chardonnay with Michel Rolland.

in the cellar : Grapes were whole-bunch pressed and not given any skin contact. The juice, slightly clarified, was racked into 20% new French oak barrels (Francois Frère, Dargaud & Jaegle and Mercurey) and 80% second, third and fourth fill barrels for alcoholic fermentation. The Lower Schaapenberg and a portion of the Rooiland grapes were tank fermented because of their delicate structures. The remainder was fermented in barrel, using a combination of cultured yeasts and feral fermentation. The young wine was matured for 10 months on the lees in both tank and barrel before bottling in January 2015.

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