Koopmanskloof Chardonnay 2016

Pale straw colour. Lively tropical aromas of citrus lime and orange blossoms on the nose. Unwooded style. Palate shows excellent concentration of varietal characters with satisfying finish due to extended lees contact after primary fermentation. A truly well balanced, easy drinking, fruit driven style.

Enjoy on its own, Kingklip or a variety of chicken dishes.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winery : Koopmanskloof
winemaker : Stephan Smit
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 4.0 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 6.2 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

Koopmanskloof Vineyards and its wine making tradition date back to 1777. The name depicts the profession and location of an indigenous community who embraced fair trade with the first European ships to visit the Cape of Good Hope during the 16th century. Koopmans is Dutch for trader and 'Kloof' is a Ravine. Late owner, Stevie Smit, set aside 98 ha of his farm as a fynbos reserve and started the Vineyard Trail - a 24 km walk through vineyards and mountain heath along the ridge of the Bottelary Hills. Adding to the outdoor experience, the 'Berghut' was build in 1983, situated on Koopmanskloof hills, overlooking the beautiful Cape Wine lands.

in the vineyard : Soil Type: Sandy-Loam
Irrigation: Drip irregation
Vineyards: Trellised against the  Bottelary Hills; east-west row direction.

about the harvest: Fruit harvested at 23° Balling.
Yield: 8t/ha

in the cellar : 
Skin contact only during separation from skins. Settling of juice over night in wine tanks. Remove juice from lease after settling. Juice taken to fermentation tanks to be inoculated with selected wine yeast for fermentation. Cold fermentation for 2 - 3 weeks at 12 - 14°C temperature.

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