Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2001

Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 2001

This pale straw-coloured wine with a greenish tinge, has aromas of toasted almonds and honey on the nose. It has a great mouthfeel, a freshness of caramelised lemons and a tropical sweetness balanced by subtle toasted wood flavours. All in all, a well-integrated wine with an appealing flavour, and a pleasant lingering aftertaste.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Plaisir De Merle
winemaker : Niel Bester
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.8 % vol  rs : 3.06 g/l  pH : 3.28  ta : 6.0 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

in the vineyard : Situation of Vineyards: 360m - 450m above sea level, south eastern slopes of Simonsberg
Age of vines: 10-21 years - dryland vineyards

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested at 23.8 - 25.8º Balling. The grapes were picked in perfect condition with an excellent chemical composition - low pH and a high natural acidity.

in the cellar : Temperature at fermentation: 22ºC in barrels, 15ºC in tanks.
A major part of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation this wine still retains its freshness and young character. 90% of the wine was fermented and matured in 80% new French oak barrels and 20% second-fill French oak barrels. The balance, which was unwooded, was added to the final blend.

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