In The Vineyard
Vinified torwards the end of February from a low yielding Chardonnay vineyard on the Piekenierskloof plateau. Growing on weathered sandstone soils at an altitude of 600 meters, the north-south row direction facilitates effective cooling by the south easterly breezes from the Atlantic ocean during the afternoon in the growing season.
Grapes were handpicked very early in the morning allowing the fruit to retain their natural flavor. Only the free run juice was used, allowed to settle and inoculated with selected yeast strain, fermenting under controlled conditions at 15°C
A barrel fermented Chardonnay from pristine Piekenierskloof fruit showing a complex range of stone fruit and citrus notes. These flavours are enhanced by subtle toasty oak notes gained during maturation of 6 months in 500 liter French oak barrels.