Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2009

Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2009

The nose shows ripe citrus fruit with some toasted almond. The palate more concentrated with stronger nut flavours, some peach notes, but also a lingering tropicality to it. Well judged oaking preserves a butterscotch pallet and promote a zesty acidity for graceful bottle ageing.

This Chardonnay will compliment spicy Thai grill vegetables or even a well matured cheddar cheese on Melba toast with honey dumplings.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winemaker : Tertius Boshoff
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  pH : 3.3  ta : 6.7 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

in the vineyard : 
One of our biggest prides, the Stellenrust Chardonnay boasts with a long track record of excellent quality and value.
 
Vineyards: Trellised vines from our Bottelary property

about the harvest: Chardonnay grapes are harvested at between 22° to 23° Balling.

in the cellar : The grapes were crushed and the juice allowed skin contact for up to 8 hours. The juice is then taken to barrels without proper settling and allowed to ferment with wild yeasts. The juice is stirred often in the barrel during fermentation to lift the lees, but also for some time after fermentation.

The Chardonnay spends another 12 months in French barrels (20% new) on its gross lees giving the yeast cells chance to undergo autolysis to release more flavour and richness into the wine.

Time spent on lees: 12months in barrel on fermentation lees.