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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2017

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
RJ Botha
Main Variety
Chardonnay
Appellation
Western Cape
Alcohol
13.5 %vol
pH
3.36
RS
3.1 g/l
TA
6.0 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Body
Medium
Taste
Fruity

Tasting Notes

The wine pops with citrus flavours and stone fruit. This carries to a silky mouth feel with a limey finish.


Ageing Potential

Will also reward careful maturation for the next few years.

Blend Information

100% Chardonnay

Food Suggestions

The rich texture and vibrant acidity meant this wine will be a great complement to most light summer-time dishes

In The Vineyard

A dry winter combined with an early spring led to an early bud break and this continued with warmer than normal temperatures through January. This meant one of the earliest harvest in memory; however with careful planning we were able to get all the fruit in at optimum ripeness while still preserving healthy natural acidities. The higher altitude Stellenbosch vineyards that face False Bay contributed texture and fruit, while the Robertson vineyards generally contributed more minerality owing to the limestone based soils.


About The Harvest

All the Chardonnay was harvested early in the morning to ensure it arrived at the winery in optimum condition.


In The Cellar

All the vineyard parcels were harvested and vinified separately. All the grapes were given 12 to 24 hours extended skin contact before only the free-run juice was transferred to tank for fermentation. The wines were fermented at low temperatures with selected yeast strains to highlight each vineyard’s specific characteristics. After fermentation the wine was left for a further four months in contact with the lees before putting the final blend together.


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