Durbanville Hills Chardonnay 2003

Martin Moore describes this as a wine that shows a rich golden colour with an abundance of apricot and dried fruit on nose. The wine is accessible, easy drinking, lightly wooded for everyday drinking.

Ideal for enjoying with curries, light meat dishes, pastas and pizzas.

variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winemaker : Martin Moore
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.34 % vol  rs : 1.70 g/l  pH : 3.46  ta : 5.70 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : The grapes for this wine came from vineyards mostly located in the lower Durbanville foothills on the southern slopes, some 250 metres above sea level and grown in dark red soils.

about the harvest: The vineyards, yielding around 9 tons per hectare, were harvested from the mid to late February between 24° and 26° Balling, when the grapes were showing ripe, yellow colours.

in the cellar : The grapes from each vineyard were individually vinified. The major portion was fermented in steel tanks at 13°C and left on the lees for eight months .The lees was stirred every week. Some 10% of what constituted the final blend underwent malolactic fermentation. Seventy-five percent of the wine was unwooded. The balance was matured in new French 300 litre oak barrels. Ten percent of the blend was from the same vineyards, but from the previous vintage, matured in barrels for an extended period, to ensure a well integrated wood character.

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