Sutherland Chardonnay 2015

This wine shows pure citrus fruit, creamy oak and a touch of savouriness on the palate with a lovely fresh finish. Showing surprising complexity for such a young wine and will age gracefully.

Maturation

Drinking well, and will develop for 4 more years.

Food Pairing

Mild risottos, chicken salads and seafood dishes.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Chardonnay – Clones CY 270, CY 548A, CY 95/96 and 277D
Root stock Richter 110 and 101 – 14 Mgt
Soil type Tukulu
Age of vines Planted August 2004
Plant density 2300 – 2500 vines/ha
Trellising 7 wire Perold with moveable foliage wires
Pruning Spur pruning
Yield Approximately 12.8 t/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Vintage The earliest recorded harvest in Sutherland history! Cool summer days with very little rain, resulting in ideal growing conditions for grapes.
Picking date 30th January – 2nd February 2015
Grape sugar 22.0 - 22.6 °B
Acidity 6.16 - 7.29 g/l
pH at harvest 3.35
Yeasts Davis 522
Fermentation temp 19 °C
Method Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 228 L French oak barrels. The wine spends 10 months on its gross fermentation lees, with the lees being stirred on a regular basis.
Residual sugar 1.87 g/l
pH 3.27
Total acid 6.85 g/l
Alcohol 13.5%
Maturation 2016 – 2021

This wine shows pure citrus fruit, creamy oak and a touch of savouriness on the palate with a lovely fresh finish. Showing surprising complexity for such a young wine and will age gracefully.

All vintages:

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010