Thelema "Ed's Reserve" Chardonnay 2016

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South African Customers:
R170.00 per bottle (incl. VAT)

International Customers:
$10.50 per bottle

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This fragrant wine shows distinctive lime, peppery and floral aromas so typical of this unique vineyard. The palate is elegant with delicate fruit flavours, lovely yeasty notes 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 7.95 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage 2016 was generally a warm and dry vintage, an exceptionally dry winter followed by a warm and windy January resulted in decreased crop levels among all varietals.
Picking date 19th January 2016
Grape sugar 21.5 °B
Acidity 7.78 g/l
pH at harvest 3.42
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, 15% 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 2.3 g/l
pH 3.39
Total acid 6.5 g/l
Alcohol 13.0 % by volume
Maturation Drinking well now, and will develop more complexity over the next 3 years

This fragrant wine shows distinctive lime, peppery and floral aromas so typical of this unique vineyard. The palate is elegant with delicate fruit flavours, lovely yeasty notes and a long finish.

All vintages:

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010