Harvesting occurred at optimal ripeness when the grapes were between 21 – 22° Balling. Picking was done in the early morning to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar. Grapes were crushed immediately where the free run juice was kept separate from the press juice. After fermentation, the Chardonnay was racked and Batonage was applied for a week. While the Semillon was matured in 500 litre French oak barrels for 8 months.
The vineyards are found in a variation in meso-climates, exposed hills, and sheltered valleys, with Alluvial soils. Grapes are picked from a selection of these different wards in the Western Cape.
The 2022 season will be remembered for the initial cool weather conditions that made ripening very slow. Phenolic ripeness occurred later and that lead to longer maturation time in the vineyards, creating exciting wines that are full and complex.
Butter chicken, deep fried Camembert, or crayfish.Appellation: Western Cape, South Africa
Varieties: 90% Chardonnay, 10% Semillon
Harvest Date: March | Vintage: 2022
ALC: 12% | RS: 4.3 | pH: 3.62 | TA: 5.69