Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2002

Winemaker Niel Bester says this light green wine with a straw-yellow tint has pronounced toasted almonds and honey aromas with a combination of caramelised lemons and tropical fruit palate, which is balanced by subtle toasted wood flavours. It is a well-integrated wine with an appealing flavour and a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

He says that this wine can be enjoyed on its own or with fish, white meats and salads.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winery : Plaisir De Merle
winemaker : Niel Bester
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.1 % vol  rs : 1.5 g/l  pH : 3.23  ta : 5.9 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : Grapes were sourced from vineyards in Simondium. The vines, ranging in from 7 to 22 years old, are situated between 360m and 450m above sea-level on the south-eastern slopes of the Simonsberg.

about the harvest: The grapes were hand-picked at the end of February beginning of March between 22,9° and 25,5° Balling.

in the cellar : The grapes were fermented at 22°C for seven to eight days. The wine was matured in a combination of new French oak (65%) and second-fill French oak barrels (35%), allowing it to retain its freshness and young character.

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