Land of Hope Chardonnay 2018

IN THE VINEYARDS

Two exceptional sites are employed to create a striking example of  this most noble variety. The Stellenbosch component grows on a south  facing slope a mere 4 kilometres from the ocean. In the summer  months fresh South Easterly winds keep daytime temperatures down  so that grapes ripen slowly and evenly. From the wonderful Limestone  soils of Robertson comes the second component, which expresses its  origin through an interesting minerality and snappy acidity. These  vineyards were expressly chosen to complement each other and  combine to produce a wine of elegance and purity of fruit as well as  depth and character.

 

IN THE CELLAR

Grapes were harvested in the cool of the morning and pressed as  whole bunches to retain the natural freshness and acidity within them.  The resulting juice was settled overnight and only when the required  clarity had been achieved was the juice transferred to stainless steel  fermentation vessels. A small part of this wine was fermented and  matured in barrel to enhance the complexity and texture of the final  blend. Both the tank and barrel components matured for a period of 9  months on primary lees, which gives the wine a lovely weightiness, as  well as plush texture.

 

A NOTE FROM THE WINEMAKER

This Chardonnay successfully combines the freshness and elegance of  the Stellenbosch component and the generosity and purity of fruit  bestowed upon it by the unique geology of Robertson.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

VARIETY: Chardonnay

APPELLATION: Western Cape

Alcohol 13.5%vol

pH 3.55

Total Acidity 4.9g/L

Residual Sugar 3.3g/L