Chardonnay 2012

Bright straw yellow with a lime green tinge. The nose explodes with lemon and lime citrus and chalkiness with subtle almond undertones. A fresh, crisp, zippy entry with a lemony mid palate and a long elegant finish.

Winemakers Notes

Handpicked in the last week of February.

The Harvest

Overnight cold storage of the grapes preserved the fresh fruity character during whole bunch pressing. After settling, the clear juice was racked off its gross lees into 35% new French oak barrels. The wines underwent natural fermentation in the barrels. After two months lees contact and weekly battonage, the wine was racked and returned to age for a total of 11 months.

In the Cellar

Botanical Sketch

Clivia - after the Duchess of Northumberland, Lady Charlotte Clive who first cultivated the type specimen in England. The bright yellow colour of the Clivia is synonymous with our lively Chardonnay and its floral notes

Clivia miniata

Alcohol
pH

13.58%
3.18

RS
Total Acid

1.7 g/l
7.1 g/l

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