Thelema "Ed's Reserve" Chardonnay 2011

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 4.18 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Very hot and dry vintage, resulting in an early start of the picking, with different varieties ripening at the same time. A tough vintage for the winery crews!
Picking date 14th February
Grape sugar 22.5 °B
Acidity 7.31 g/l
pH at harvest 3.26
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 2.9 g/l
pH 3.35
Total acid 6.5 g/l
Alcohol 13.05% 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