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Chardonnay

Gentle and appealing bouquet of peach and citrus. Those same flavours are found on the palate– again gentle but bright, vivacious and attractive. There is ample refreshment on offer with succulence and vivid acidity that continues as a medium-bodied but long after taste. Well balanced, light and charming for everyday enjoyment.

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Chardonnay

Beautiful floral notes of orange blossom and honey suckle mingled with lemon zest and grapefruit on the nose. Ripe pineapple and orange citrus flavours evident on first impression, with marmalade and baked apple sweetness adding weight to a juicy palate. Firm and vibrant acidity ensures a very moreish flavour on the finish.

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Chardonnay

Appealing stone fruit and citrus – grapefruit and oranges – whiffs on the nose. The palate is bright, vibrant and fresh with vivid grapefruit and nectarine flavours. There is a gentle suggestion of marmalade with a lees element adding extra fullness to the mouth. Lovely tang of acidity, which is not overplayed. Light to medium-bodied with good length, the wine is unfussy and approachable but with a long finish.

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Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vintage notes

“Late, slow and steady” would be the best way to describe the 2021 vintage. The preceding winter was cold and wet, resulting in good dormancy and healthy dam levels prior to the growing season. The cool weather continued into spring which in turn resulted in a delayed but relatively even bud break, flowering and fruit set. The moderate summer temperatures slowed the ripening period and resulted in harvest starting about two weeks later than normal. The usually hot month of February was uncharacteristically cool, allowing for the gradual ripening of fruit with good flavours and acidity. Overall an exceptional vintage which promises to deliver outstanding wines.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture the freshest flavours. The fruit was wholebunch pressed and the juice settled overnight. All parcels were kept separate and racked into fermentation with selected yeast strain cultures. A small portion of this Chardonnay was fermented and matured in French Oak, before being blended with the rest and bottled.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vintage notes

Good rainfall and favourable climatic conditions during the growing season allowed for good flowering and fruit set. Vineyards generally saw a significant increase in yield, and the ripening period was nicely spread out due to the cool, moderate conditions during summer. Good healthy fruit with beautiful flavours make this 2020 vintage one of the most outstanding and enjoyable vintages in recent years.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture a fresh flavour profile. The fruit was whole- bunch pressed and the juice settled overnight. All parcels were kept separate and racked into fermentation tanks with selected yeast strain cultures. A small portion of the total blend was fermented and matured in French Oak, before being blended and bottled.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Vintage Notes

The 2019 vintage was a very challenging one, mainly due to uneven ripening during the early stages of harvest. October 2018 experienced wet, cold, and unusually warm conditions, as well as strong winds that caused significant damage in certain vineyards. This led to poor set and the consequent uneven ripening of bunches. The conditions during January and February were very favourable, with cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures resulting in great fruit flavours and exceptional acids. Despite the slower start, the white and rosé harvest was intense and compact, ending 2 weeks earlier than the 2018 vintage.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture the fresh flavours. The fruit was whole- bunch pressed and the juice settled overnight. All parcels were kept separate and racked into fermentation with selected yeast strain cultures. A small portion of the total blend was fermented with French Oak to add complexity and structure. The wine spent 2 months on the lees before being blended and bottled.

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