Fleur du Cap Chardonnay
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vintage: 2017 (Current)
The Western Cape’s diverse palette of wine growing regions allow Fleur du Cap the perfect canvas to make wines that express the essence of a varietal. A masterful selection of fruit combined with the creativity of our winemakers results in wines that express our vision, ‘freedom of expression.' Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east-facing slopes off ering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. The soil is predominantly medium textured and well-drained with good water holding capacity.
The grapes were harvested from early February to early March. In the cellar the juice was clarified and inoculated with pure yeast. For 20% of the wine, fermentation started in tank and was completed in French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels. The remaining 80% fermented in tanks on French (55%) and American (45%) oak staves. Both these portions were kept in contact with the wood for four months with regular lees stirring to enhance mouth feel and ensure a rich full wine.
This medium bodied Chardonnay has a light straw yellow color with tints of green. Fresh citrus notes are prominent on the nose followed by whiffs of tropical fruit before revealing a hint of oak spice. This is a fruit driven wine with a lovely balance between acidity and fruit. The wood adds to its fullness without dominating it. A beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity is complemented by a long lingering finish. Enjoy now or let it mature for 2 to 4 years.
The grapes were sourced from Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Elgin and Robertson. The oldest vineyard located in Stellenbosch was planted in 1990. The rest of the vineyards were planted between 2000 and 2006. All the vines were trellised on the 5-wire hedge systems, yielding between 9 and 14 tons/ha. Soils varied from Karoo limestone and deep decomposed granite in Stellenbosch, to shale soils in Elgin and Somerset West. Pest and disease control was implemented according to South African IPW standards.
Rich seafood especially shellfish such as mussels and oysters as well as line fish work sublimely with this wine. It also stands up well to creamy curries and rich chicken dishes.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 13.50%
Titratable Acidity: 6.40
Residual Sugar: 4.10
Suggested Retail Price: $11.59