100% Chardonnay from Stellenbosch
A portion of the grapes was sourced from young vines on the Seven Sisters Farm. The majority of the grapes were sourced from Eikendal Vineyards. These vineyards are high-density bush vines with a supporting pole. Soils are mainly “koffie klip”, decomposed granite and clay. The growing conditions are challenging, yielding concentrated fruits with minerality from the partially stressed vines.
The grapes were picked to achieve a 13% to 13.5% alcohol. Whole bunches were pressed without clarifying agents used and minimal sulphur was added. Spontaneous fermentation took place in French oak barrels for 6 weeks. Malolactic fermentation occurred during alcoholic fermentation resulting in slightly higher acidity. 500 litre 2nd and 3rd fill Burgundy barrels were used with medium toasting and the wine was matured for 8 months in barrels, excluding that of the unwooded portion of wine from Seven Sisters Farm.
The wine reflects the purity of fruit which is enhanced by the careful use of French oak barrels, resulting in a wine attaining elegance and complexity. The freshness of citrus fruit combined with gentle oak and toasty flavours leaves a lingering aftertaste. This wine can be ideally accompanied by smoked salmon or roast poultry dishes.