Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 1999

Ripe apricot and white peach characters are tempered by secondary maturation characters of marzipan and vanilla. Rich and long.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Rod Easthope
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.58 % vol  rs : 2.0 g/l  pH : 3.33  ta : 6.9 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
4 Stars - John Platter Wine Guide 2001
Silver - International Wine Challenge
88 Points - USA Robert Parker in his The Wine Advocate

ageing : 5-7 years bottle age.

in the vineyard : Situation: South West Slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
Altitude: 250-300m
Distance from Sea: 5km
Soil type: Decomposed Granite with Malmesbury Shale
Rootstock: Richter 99 and 100
Age of Vines: 16 Years
Trellising: Vertical Shoot Positioned and hedged
Pruning: 2 node spur pruning

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested on 1 February 1999.
Yield: 7 tons/hectare.

in the cellar : 100% Barrel fermented in 50% new French Oak. 50% 2nd and 3rd fill oak barrels. 100% Malolactic fermentation. Aged for 10 months in barrels on gross lees, with periodic battonage (lees stirring). The wine was bottled on 15 January 2000.

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