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 French Oak barrels (Nevers). 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 2015 vintage will be remembered as one of the warmest that we have experienced to date. It will also be remembered for the forest fires that burned to our fence line, kept at bay by the overhead irrigation on our bush vine Syrah terrace. Fortunately for us the natural movement of air up and down the valley kept the smoke from settling and we had no negative influence from the fire. The season started with an historically early bud break in the first week of April. An unprecedented dry June with relentless heat till late summer encouraged rapid development and resulted in an early start to harvest. Cooler temperatures late in the summer gave the plants a chance to catch up to sugar development. It was a season where the picking date was of the utmost importance in determining the style and quality of the wine.
Winemaker: Bertus Albertyn Alcohol: 14 %
Vintage: 2015 pH: 3.65
Composition: 100% Chardonnay Clone 548/3309 Rootstock Total Acid: 6.2
Sourcing: Single Vineyard Golden Mile/South Okanagan/British Columbia/Canada
Bottling date: 26 September 2016 Production: 185 cases
Ageing: 100% 6 Months New French Oak (Nevers)