Thelema "Ed's Reserve" Chardonnay 2010

This wine shows distinctive characters – a limey, peppery, muscatty flavour – typical of this unique vineyard. This is a very fragrant wine, with lovely yeasty flavours, and a velvety mouth feel and a long finish.

Maturation

The track record of this wine indicates cellaring of up to 8 years is well rewarded.

Food Pairing

The silky texture of this wine will match delicate and fine food such as shellfish or carpaccio.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Chardonnay – clone ER 166
Root stock R99
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1985
Plant density 3989 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 12cm
Yield Approximately 6.2 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage One of the more difficult vintages in recent years. Warm spells of weather, with random rainy periods during the ripening period.
Picking date 18th February
Grape sugar 22.34 °B
Acidity 6.97 g/l
pH at harvest 3.44
Yeasts D522
Fermentation temp About 19 °C
Method De-stalk, crush, overnight skin-contact, pressed, settled in horizontal stainless steel tanks and fermented in 228 L French oak barrels, 10% new wood balance 2nd & 3rd fill barrels.
Battonage Barrels stirred every two weeks to promote yeast autolysis.
Second Fermentation 100% of the bottling completed malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Residual Sugar 1.9 g/l
pH 3.48
Total acid 6.2 g/l
Alcohol 13.22% by volume
Maturation Drinking well now, and will develop more complexity over the next 3 years

This wine shows distinctive characters – a limey, peppery, muscatty flavour – typical of this unique vineyard. This is a very fragrant wine, with lovely yeasty flavours, and a velvety mouth feel and a long finish.

All vintages:

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010