Spier Signature Chardonnay 2012

Spier Signature Chardonnay 2012

Pale straw in colour with a green hue. On the nose grape fruit, lime, yellow apple, banana, pear and hints of vanilla / butterscotch. The palate is creamy with layered fruit, pleasant acidity and good balance.

Serve well-chilled. Ideal with pan-fried salmon in a lemon butter sauce.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winery : Spier Wine Farm
winemaker : Anton Swarts
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14.1 % vol  rs : 4.4 g/l  pH : 3.51  ta : 4.4 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : Enjoy now or within 3 years from harvest.

in the vineyard : Climate
Temperature: Winter ±10ºC / Summer ±26ºC Rainfall: 40mm – 200mm Km from Ocean 80 – 100km

Soil
Soil and subsoil from various regions of the Western Cape: Clovelly, Estcourt, Kroonstad, Alluvial soil in ancient riverbed, and Glenrosa.

Viticulture
Trellised vines yielded the grapes for this wine. Vines are between 11 - 17 years old and received supplementary drip irrigation and produced 10 – 14 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: From February the grapes were harvested by hand from selected vineyard blocks.

in the cellar : Grapes received at cellar, de-stemmed, slightly crushed and pressed. Juice of the individual block selections (some separate and some blended) are temperature -control fermented, in stainless steel tanks, with selected yeast strains. Only the best tanks were selected for the final preparation of the blend. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for two months prior preparation for bottling. 5% barrel fermented in new French oak barrels.

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