Rietvallei Wine Estate > Classic Chardonnay 2019

Classic Chardonnay 2019

R110.00

A lightly oaked but fruity Chardonnay. Rich and creamy with a good balance between fruit, oak, and acidity and finishes 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)

Description

AWARDS

2019 Vintage
SAWI Fine Wine Guide – Platinum

2018 Vintage
Veritas Awards 2018 – Silver Award

2017 VINTAGE
Veritas Awards 2017 – Silver Award

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:    3.2 g/l
Alcohol: 13.30 %
Total Acidity:     6.5 g/l
PH: 3.28
VA: 0.38 g/l
Total Extract:     25.4 g/l
Total SO2: 130 mg/l
Free SO2: 42 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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