Thelema Chardonnay 2011
Light straw in colour with hints of green, the nose shows marmalade fruit. Complex yeasty wooded flavours.
Good now, will develop well for 3 years.
Full flavoured dishes such as lobster, tuna, chicken and pork.
|Varietal||Chardonnay – Clones CY3 & CY5|
|Root stock||101 – 14, R110|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted 1985, 1986|
|Plant density||3432 vines per hectare|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 12cm|
|Yield||Approximately 5 t/ha|
|Vintage||Very hot and dry vintage, resulting in an early start to the picking, with different varieties ripening at the same time. A tough vintage for the winery crews!|
|Picking date||9th – 14th February|
|Grape sugar||22.1 °B|
|Acidity||6.6 – 7.3 g/l|
|pH at harvest||3.3|
|Fermentation temp||19 °C|
|Method||De-stalk, crush, pressed, settled in horizontal stainless steel tanks and fermented in 228 L French oak barrels.|
|Wood maturation||10 months in French oak barrels, 30% new, balance in 3rd/4th fill|
|Battonage||Barrels stirred every two weeks.|
|Second Fermentation||100% of the bottling completed malolactic fermentation in barrel|
|Residual Sugar||2.3 g/l|
|Total acid||6.1 g/l|
|Alcohol||13.21% by volume|
|Maturation||Drinking well now, and will develop more complexity over the next 3 years.|
This wine has a beautiful light straw colour with hints of green. The nose shows pure marmalade fruit and complex yeasty flavours in a nice harmony with toasty oak. The palate is clean and pure with a lovely texture and finishes long.