Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2015

Shy orange blossom bouquet with a whiff of spice too.Fresh, lively and zippy in the mouth with ample orange and citrus flavour cloaked with creamy vanilla oak. The flavours grow like a peacock fantail, starting off quite reserved and then revealing more depth and richness. Lovely harmonious integration of oak and fruit. Long and yet light and bright.

Roasted poultry - bbq fish with a citrus sauce dressing

variety : Chardonnay | Chardonnay
winemaker : Mark van Buuren
wine of origin : Elandskloof
analysis : alc : 14.60 % vol  rs : 3.1 g/l  pH : 3.29  ta : 6.8 g/l  va : 0.37 g/l  so2 : 125 mg/l  fso2 : 42 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : 3-5 years after release

in the vineyard : Altima is situated in Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp which is 5km wide and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. e steep topography causes the valley to receive less direct sunlight due to the overshadowing mountains, which together with the elevation of 600 to 900m equates to a very cool climate for the valley. This unique terroir produces wines with a high natural acidity and upfront aromas. Grapes are harvested much later than other sites in the Western Cape, with harvest usually starting in late February/early March.

about the harvest: AVERAGE TEMP: 15.75°C RAINFALL: 706mm HARVESTING BEGAN: 19/02/2015 HARVESTING ENDED: 19/02/2015 ORIGIN OF FRUIT: Elandskloof - Overberg SOIL TYPE: Predominantly decomposed Bokkeveld shale (Greywacke) and quartz sandstone YIELD: 8 ton/ha

in the cellar : Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed before overnight settling in stainless steel tank. Fermentation by cultured yeast was started in tank before being transferred to 300ℓ French oak barrels for completion - 18% new, 26% 2nd fill, 7% 3rd fill and 19% 4th fill. The remaining 30% was unoaked. The wine spent 7 months on the lees without malolactic fermentation before being blended and bottled early in November

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