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Asara Vineyard Collection Chardonnay Lightly Wooded 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Danielle le Roux
Main Variety
Chardonnay
Appellation
Stellenbosch
Alcohol
13.99 %vol
pH
3.52
RS
1.8 g/l
TA
5.8 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Tasting Notes

White pear and citrus on the nose with hints of white peach aromas and subtle toast. A fresh-fruit entry and full mid palate of cream and buttered toast. Peach and lime zest linger, classic and mouth-watering.

Blend Information

100% Chardonnay

In The Vineyard

Average altitude is 100m above the sea, on southwest- and northeast-facing slopes. Sun exposure is continual but indirect, so ripening days are longer, but ripening is slow. The 3 different vineyards are planted to Vilafonte soils, acidic, nutrient and well drained, contributing to consistency of grape quality. The vineyards are an average of 16 years of age and yield at 5-6 tons per hectare.

About The Harvest

Harvesting takes place in the coolness of early morning into small lugs for rapid transfer to cellar

In The Cellar

The grapes are cooled overnight, sorted, whole-bunch pressed and cooled again. After three days the juice is transferred, 70% to tanks and 30% to barrels. All three different blocks are fermented separately to give the winemaker a bigger pallet for blending. Fermentation temperature is 15° C in tanks and 18° C in barrel. The oak regime includes 10% new French tight grain barrels, for slower release of tannins and gentler integration, the remainder: older tight grain barrels. The wine resides on the lees for five months before blending and bottling.


Additional Information
Asara's Vineyard Range stays true to vineyard of origin by means of minimal cellar handling. The property is located in the Polkadraai Hills, whose primary terroir infuence is granite based soils and undulating hills.

CONTACT DETAILS

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