Thelema Chardonnay 2013

Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours compliment the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.

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 7.6 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Cool start to season delaying harvest by a week or so leading to an exceptional vintage with white wines of great purity, elegance and concentration
Picking date 18 - 20th February
Grape sugar 22.36 °B
Acidity 7.13 g/l
pH at harvest 3.49
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
Production 29100 bottles
Residual Sugar 1.8 g/l
pH 3.57
Total acid 5.9 g/l
Alcohol 13.57% by volume
Maturation Drinking well now, and will develop more complexity over the next 3 years.

This wine has a beautiful light straw colour. Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours compliment the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.

All vintages:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011