Thelema Chardonnay 2011

Light straw in colour with hints of green, the nose shows marmalade fruit. Complex yeasty wooded flavours.

Maturation

Good now, will develop well for 3 years.

Food Pairing

Full flavoured dishes such as lobster, tuna, chicken and pork.

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Tasting Notes

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
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield Approximately 5 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
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
Yeasts D522
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
pH 3.43
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.

All vintages:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011