Zevenwacht Chardonnay 2018
2019 Prescient Chardonnay Report - 91 Points
When to enjoy: A wine to savour with lunch or dinner.
|Ageing||The wood maturation gives it potential to develop over 3-5 years.|
|Cellar||Lightly crushed. After pressing, the juice was settled and racked to first, second and third fill 500l barrels, where it fermented and matured for 11 months. Extended post fermentation lees contact with regular lees stirring lends a mid-palate weight and a creamy texture without obscuring the articulation of the aromatic potential. 20% new barrels, 30% 2nd fill, 30% 3rd fill and 20% 4th fill barrels. We used lighter toasting 500L barrels for our Chardonnay maturation. It gives the wine oak support and focus without dominating the pure fruit of Chardonnay.|
|Harvest||The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at 22.7-23,6ºBrix.|
|Vineyard||The Chardonnay grapes are planted on some of the best South West facing slopes of the Polkadraai Hills. The two vineyards are lying at altitudes that range from 200-320 meters above sea level; these higher South West facing elevated slopes tend to give wines beautiful natural acidity, resulting in a pleasant pungency and longevity. The richness and full-bodied fruit has been accentuated by the open canopies of the vineyards during ripening. All these flavours are backed with a minerality from the decomposed granite soils of the Polkadraai Hills.|
- Range: Zevenwacht Estate