Grand Duc Chardonnay 2016

 

Viticulture

 

Vinification

 

Analysis

 

winemaker's comments

 
 

Production

Vine age: 33 years

Density: 4,000 vines per hectare

Yield: 3 tons per hectare

A low canopy allowed optimal sunlight penetration. Minimal irrigation was used. The fruit ripened slowly allowing the development of small bunches with highly concentrated flavours.


Grapes were picked at 24.9°B and whole-bunch pressed to 1.4 bars of pressure. The juice was left to settle for two days and racked to barrel. Using only wild yeast, fermentation occurred over a one month period. The wine spent 24 months on the lees in 100% new, 225l French oak barrels.


Alcohol: 14.64%

Total Acidity: 5.4 g/l

Residual Sugar: 2.8 g/l

pH: 3.51


This wine is rich and opulent, with an intense citrus and smoky peach character. Drink now or within 7 - 12 years from vintage.


 

1,900 bottles


                 R 5400 per case of 6

               R 5400 per case of 6