Mont Rochelle Oak-Matured Chardonnay 1999

Bright lemon yellow. Sweet, dusty/toasty oak nose with lemon scent background. Palate gives what nose promises with substantial mouthfeel and deep vanilla, barley sugar flavours mingled with honey, grenadella, citrus complexity. Gentle, sweet oak, rich, firm structure. Elegant style with long satisfying finish.

variety : Chardonnay [ Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Justin Hoy
wine of origin : Franschhoek
analysis : alc : 14 % vol  rs : 2.8 g/l  pH : 3.4  ta : 6.2 g/l  

ageing : Drinking well now but will improve over the next 3 years.

in the cellar : Hand picked at 22,5º to 23º Balling. Whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured for 6½ months in new French casks of medium-toasted, tight grain oak from the forests of Alliers, Nevers & Troncais. Underwent malolactic fermentation. Regular bâttonage whilst on lees. Protein and cold stabilized.

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