Slaley Chardonnay 1999

The 1999 vintage will stay in our memories as a very hot harvest. Due to the dryness of the season we harvested our Chardonnay quiet late. The early part was harvested at 23ºB and tank fermented, resulting in a very fruity wine. The latter part, harvested at full ripeness had 20% noble rot, resulting in high glycerol and the very rich “mouth feel’ of this wine.


variety : Chardonnay | Chardonnay
winery : Slaley Wines
winemaker : Christopher van Dieren
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.6 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  pH : 3.36  ta : 6.7 g/l  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Awards:2000 Veritas Bronze
Gold Medal, Chardonnay du Monde, Burgundy 2001
Veritas Double Gold, 2001
in the vineyard : Age of vines: 1984 & 1992
Trellising: 5 wires
Pruning: Cordon with spurs
Soil: Deep Hutton, escourt & broken shale
Position: South-West facing slope of Simonsberg from the farm Ernita & Slaley
Irrigation: Overhead & drip

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested on the 11th of February and the 10th of March
Yield: 8 Ton/Ha

in the cellar : Fermentation: Whole bunch pressed, 80% barrel fermentation, (80% new French Oak, balance in second fill French Oak) 20% tank fermented and 25% Malolactic fermentation (wooded part)
Maturation: 9 months in wood
Fining: Bentonite & Icing glass
Filtration: Bulk & sheet

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