Rietvallei Wine Estate > Classic Chardonnay 2021
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Classic Chardonnay 2021

Classic Chardonnay 2021

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AWARDS & RATINGS

2021 VINTAGE:
2022 National Wine Challenge: Double Gold
2022 Gilbert Galliard International Wine Challenge: 88/100 Rating

 

2018 VINTAGE:
2018 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver
2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition: Bronze

 

2017 VINTAGE:
2017 Veritas Wine Awards: Silver

 

2014 VINTAGE:
2015 Gold Wine Awards: Gold


DESCRIPTION

VITICULTURE

The Chardonnay vines are planted on a southeast-facing slope in calcareous soil. The vines are all trellised, under micro-irrigation, and were established from 1983 to 1999.

WINEMAKING

The grapes are harvested by machine at optimum ripeness of 23 – 24° Balling during the coldest time of the day, namely from 02:00 – 10:00 in the morning. In the cellar, only the free-run juice is used and allowed to cold-settle for two days. The clean juice is then racked and 50% is taken to stainless steel fermentation tanks where it is allowed to naturally ferment (wild yeast) and the fermentation temperature is controlled at 16 – 17° Celsius. The other 50% of the juice is fermented (also wild yeast) in second-fill French oak barrels. After fermentation, both components are left on the lees for at least six months, stirred weekly before final blending and bottling.


WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

This is a lightly oaked, but fruity Chardonnay. The nose shows ripe citrus with a touch of toasted oak. The palate is rich and creamy with a good balance between fruit, oak, and acidity – finishing with a lingering aftertaste.


FOOD PAIRING & SERVING SUGGESTION

Pair with grilled fish or chicken or any other seafood or poultry dishes. Serve chilled (7 – 10°C).


WINE ANALYSIS

Residual Sugar: 3.7 g/l
Alcohol: 13.59 %
Total Acidity: 6.1 g/l
PH: 3.40
VA: 0.58 g/l
Total Extract: 27.4 g/l
Total SO2: 119 mg/l
Free SO2: 41 mg/l


PACKAGING DETAILS

Bottle volume: 750ml
Case size: 6 x 750ml
Pallet size: 90 x 6 x 750ml
Case weight: 7.67 kg
Closure: Stelvin (Screw-cap)


 

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