Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay 2017

This unwooded Chardonnay is an accessible wine with the body of the Chardonnay grape but without the oak and buttery flavours often associated with this cultivar. The colour is a brilliant green-gold and the style is dry yet fruity. The nose has pronounced tropical flavours following through onto a pallet with a well-rounded, lingering citrus finish.

Slightly chilled. Lovely with most starter dishes. Well paired with chicken and fish, whether served grilled or in a creamy sauce.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winery : Riebeek Cellars
winemaker : Eric Saayman
wine of origin : Swartland
analysis : alc : 14.47 % vol  rs : 1.1 g/l  pH : 3.56  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

ageing : 

Drink now or within 2 years of vintage.

in the vineyard : 

Cellar: Riebeek Wine Cellar, Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeek Valley
Wine Maker: Eric Saayman
Viticulturist: Tharien Hansen
Vineyard: Supplementary irrigation

about the harvest: 

Mid to end of February at about 24° Balling
Yield: 10 - 12 tons per hectare

in the cellar : 

Free run juice was used. After settling and acid adjustment, it was inoculated with selected yeast. Fermentation temperature stayed between 13-14 degree Celsius. Wine was left on lees for few months prior to bottling to enhance the flavour.

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