Villiera Chardonnay 2000

variety : Chardonnay | Chardonnay
winery : Villiera Wines
winemaker : Jeff Grier
wine of origin : 
analysis : alc : 13.3 % vol  rs : 1.5 g/l  pH : 3.6  ta : 5.0 g/l  
type : White  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : The result is a well balanced, elegant wine with integrated oak spice and citrus undertones. It is soft and buttery now but will improve for 3 to 5 years.

in the cellar : A warmer year like 2000 required a different approach to ensure a balanced quality Chardonnay. The grapes were picked fully ripe but with a relatively low acidity. To preserve acidity we avoided malolactic fermentation on 45% of the wine, which also remained unwooded. The balance fermented in barrel (50% new French Oak, 25% used oak barrels and 25% American white oak). Post fermentation the lees was stirred weekly to improve flavour and complexity. Malolactic was also encouraged in the barrels. This 55% portion remained in the barrel for a total of 4 months after which it was removed and blended with the unwooded component before stabilization and bottling.

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