2015 Jh Meyer ChardonnayChardonnay from South Africa
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Elgin is one of the naturally coolest vineyard locations in South Africa. Its altitude (1,650 – 2,300 feet above sea level is considerably higher than the 975 – 1,300 feet of S...
Elgin is one of the naturally coolest vineyard locations in South Africa. Its altitude (1,650 – 2,300 feet above sea level is considerably higher than the 975 – 1,300 feet of Stellenbosch) benefits the grapes through naturally lower temperatures and higher rainfall. There is greater cloud cover (due to the manner in which clouds form as the air rises over the mountains from the coast and condenses into rainfall). What’s more, in winter, Elgin benefits from much cooler temperatures than Stellenbosch or elsewhere and consequently the vines enter into a deeper dormancy state, resulting in better rest which, in-turn, enhances the longevity of the vine and supports general vine health. To cut a long story short, thanks to these unique natural attributes, Elgin is emerging as a wonderful, naturally-favorable location for producing among the finest aromatic white wines in the country.
The grapes were handpicked in the early morning hours and placed into very small boxes reducing compaction and damage to the fruit. The bunches were then hand sorted on a sorting table. One-third of the grapes were fermented whole-bunch for eight days and then pressed to barrel. The remaining grapes were whole bunch pressed direct to barrel for fermentation. All ferments are carried out naturally and élevage is carried out over ten months in fourth-passage 500L French puncheons. Battonage was imparted sporadically to give richer texture and greater complexity.
Lovely aromas of lime and white fruits, with beautiful mineral notes and excellent oak integration. Secondary flavors of citrus and a creamy complexity will come through on the palate witch will intensify the structure and body.
311 cases produced. - Importer
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|