Land of Hope Chardonnay 2019

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 kilometers 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 12%vol

pH 3.36

Total Acidity 5.5g/L

Residual Sugar 3g/L