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.
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 7.6 t/ha|
|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|
|pH at harvest||3.49|
|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||1.8 g/l|
|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.