Sutherland Chardonnay Reserve 2016 (6/case) (R329/bottle)

Sutherland Chardonnay Reserve 2016 (6/case) (R329/bottle)

Regular price R 1,974.00 Sale

This Chardonnay articulates the sense of place through the chalky minerality and subtle brioche notes. An intriguing grapefruit essence softens the oak elements, which leaves a lingering, refined acidity. Aged for 10 months in French oak.

Maturation

Potential to develop beautifully over the next 4 years.

Food Pairing

Forest mushroom risotto topped with truffle oil and parmesan.

VITICULTURAL PRACTICES

Varietal Chardonnay

Root stock Richter 110

Soil type Tukulu

Age of vines Planted 2004

Plant density 2315 vines per ha

Trellising 7 wire Perold system, with movable foliage wires.

Yield 10 t/ha

Irrigation Supplementary drip Vintage

Vintage Moderate summer days with very little rain, resulting in ideal growing conditions for grapes.

Picking date 11 February 2016

Grape sugar 22.5 °B

Acidity 6.67 g/l

pH at harvest 3.36

 
WINEMAKING PRACTICES

Yeasts D522 (Lalvin M)

Fermentation temp 17 °C

Method Barrel selection: 12 barrels were identified as exceptional. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 228l French oak barrels. The wine spends 10 months on its gross fermentation lees, with the lees being stirred on a regular basis.
 
WINE DETAILS

Residual sugar 1.90 g/l

pH 3.21

Total acidity 6.15 g/l

Alcohol 13.17%

Maturation Enjoy now through to 2022
 
WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS

This Chardonnay articulates the sense of place through the chalky minerality and subtle brioche notes. An intriguing grapefruit essence softens the oak elements, which leaves a lingering, refined acidity. Aged for 10 months in French oak.