Brewcru Chardonnay 2018
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Becoming synonymous with outstanding South African Chardonnay. With both close proximity to the ocean and higher altitude, it enjoys cool daytime temperatures that are even lower overnight, particularly during the growing season. This is ideal for the development of lovely lime notes, austere structure and lively acidity. We aim to produce Chardonnay that is an expression of the vineyard. We therefore make subtle use of oak and follow a ‘hands off’ approach in the cellar.
Elgin, a region known for producing world class cool climate wines, is rapidly becoming synonymous with outstanding South African Chardonnay.
WINE MAKING: After whole bunch pressing, juice was transferred into barrel after a 12hour settling out of solids. A portion of the juice was fermented with an indigenous yeast strain to enhance the texture and mouth feel of the wine. To preserve freshness, fruit expression and a balanced acidity, only 60% secondary malolactic fermentation was allowed. The wine was left on its fermentation lees and stirred occasionally during the first 60 days. After being in barrel for 9 months the wine was racked to tank where it was kept to settle until clear before transferring to bottle. No filtration, no fining…just pure Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES: This well-balanced wine displays the true characteristics of a cool climate Chardonnay. On the nose there is beautiful orange blossom, peach and mandarin with undertones of raw almonds. The palate shows great finesse and has subtle hints of nougat and toasty notes with a refreshing, lasting and creamy finish.