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International Wine Challenge 2010: Silver Medal90 Points Wine Spectator Advance, Best Buys - March 31, 2010 90 Points Wine Spectator Insider Edition - December 16, 2009 4 Stars in the Platter Wine Guide 2010
A well balanced Chardonnay with beautiful mineral notes and excellent oak integration. Apricot and orange peel aromas are followed by flavours of almond and marzipan.
5 years from vintage.
A very wet winter with above average rainfall followed by a warm summer with daytime temperatures of 16 - 38°C.
Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain and Simonsberg Mountain, Stellenbosch
Altitude: 140 - 450m
Distance from sea: 7 - 25km
Soil type: Decomposed Granite (Tukulu/Hutton)
Rootstock: Richter 99
Age of vines: 24 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 Bud Spur Pruning
Irrigation: Drip Irrigation
Harvested: 2nd and 3rd week of February 2008
Acidity: 5.94 - 6.2
pH: 3.3 - 3.52
Sugar: 22.4° - 23.7° Balling
Yield: 5 - 6 tons/ha (±4000 litres / 10 000m²)
The Grapes were whole-bunch pressed, naturally fermented and matured in 40% new and 60% second-fill 300 litre Burgundian oak barrels for 12 months. The lees was stirred regularly and the wine was topped bi-weekly.
Oak used: 40% new and 60% second fill 300 litre Burgundian oak barrels for 12 months
Bottled: June 2009