2016 (Cross Road) Chardonnay

$26.50

This intensely flavoured, well balanced wine displays some beautiful lime, orange blossom and apricot aromas with tone of lemon zest. Subtle hints of raw almonds and macadamia nuts with a lively lingering finish. Drink now or over the  seven years.

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Description

Grapes are hand-picked into small 30 pound trays and then cooled to 5-8C before whole bunch press. Juice lightly settled and 100% fermented in  new oak barrels.  After ferment, the wine was left on lees in barrel for 6 months and then racked to stand for a further four months  in steel tank on fine lees.

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS:   The 2016 vintage proved to be a roller-coaster ride. After four consecutive hot vintages, the 2016 season started with a mild winter and an early spring. May 2016 recorded the highest Growing Degree Days on record. The conditions resulted in bud break being two weeks earlier than anticipated.   The stage was set for a repeat of the previous vintage, but as always, Mother Nature has a way of keeping us on our toes.

July 2016 turned out to be the fourth coldest on record. This, combined with unseasonal rain, changed the entire dynamics of the season.   Beautiful warm days and cold nights in August and September resulted in complexity of flavours and high natural acid for the wines.

For once we were able to sit back and wait for each varietal to mature at it’s own pace. A vintage that will be remembered, for creating balanced wines, with elegance and a definite potential to be long lived.

Winemaker:      Bertus Albertyn                                                        Alcohol:  13.85 %

Vintage:            2016                                                                              pH:         3.57

Composition:    100% Chardonnay  Clone 548/3309 Rootstock    Total Acid:        7

Sourcing:          Single Vineyard Golden Mile/South Okanagan/British Columbia/Canada

Bottling date:   18 September 2017    Production: 220 cases

Ageing:            100%    6 Months New Oak

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