De Wetshof Finesse/Lesca Chardonnay 2002

A classical, lightly structured, steely dry wine with strong lemony, yeasty flavours and a lingering nutty aftertaste.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : 
winemaker : Danie de Wet
wine of origin : Breede River
analysis : alc : 14.5 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.16  ta : 6.9 g/l  va : 0.69 g/l  so2 : 95 mg/l  fso2 : 49 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Light  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Wine Enthusiast - April 2003 Issue - 86 Points
Veritas 2002 - Silver
Robertson Young Wine Show 2002 - Gold
Selected for the South African Airways 2003 Business and First Class Winelist.

ageing : 2-5 years.

in the vineyard : Climate: Winter rainfall approximately 300 mm per annum. Summer afternoons are fanned by a cool breeze from the Agulhas Coast. Nights are chilly and mist often shrouds the vineyards until late morning during high summer.

Soils: The gravelly soils are extremely rich in lime with a very high pH - similar to soils of the leading wine growing regions in the world.

Irrigation: The vineyards are scientifically irrigated with the aid of a fully computerised irrigation system. Thanks to the most modern technology, irrigation on De Wetshof has been turned into an asset promoting the quality of the grapes.

Pest Control: Due to a very dry climate, spraying is minimal compared to other wine growing regions.

Rootstock: Richter 99, 110 and 101-14
Age of the vines: 11-18 years
Vines per hectare: 4000
Trellising style: 6 Wire fence system cordon with spur prunning.

about the harvest: The juice for this wine is selected from clones strong in citrus flavour.
Tons per hectare yield: 8 Tons

in the cellar : The fermentation process takes place in oak barrels at 17-20ºC and after fermentation the wine is left on the lees for a relatively short period to compliment the delicate nature of the wine. 2 months Barrel maturation.

Danie de Wet adjusts his methods of winemaking from year to year, according to weather conditions and grape quality, in the belief that wine is made in the vineyard and not in the cellar. French oak barrels for De Wetshof are specifically selected from specific coopers to enhance the quality of the fruit.

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