Thelema Chardonnay 2014
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 12 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||10 - 28th February|
|Grape sugar||22.8 - 24.0 °B|
|Acidity||5.6 - 8.24 g/l|
|pH at harvest||3.00 - 3.6|
|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, 35% new, balance in 3rd/4th fill|
|Battonage||Barrels stirred for several months.|
|Second Fermentation||The majority of this bottling completed malolactic fermentation in barrel|
|Residual Sugar||1.8 g/l|
|Total acid||6.2 g/l|
|Alcohol||14% by volume|
|Maturation||Drinking well now, and will develop more complexity over the next 3 - 5 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.