GlenWood, Grand Duc Chardonnay 2021
GlenWood Estate is in the Robertsvlei Valley, close to Franschoek in the Western Cape. Their wines are multi-award winning and have become synonymous with incredible quality and diligent winemaking.
This Chardonnay had its fruit picked and whole-bunch pressed. The juice was left to settle for two days and transferred to barrel, where it fermented for eight days, before ageing for a further twenty-four months on its lees in French oak.
This process creates a wine that is utterly exceptional. It is full, rich and layered; expect notes of butterscotch, vanilla and marmalade, with a delicious soft fruity character of ripe peach and apricot, whilst maintaining stunning acidity.
Absolute indulgence, and well-deserving of its huge critical acclaim.
Viticulture: Vine age: 26 Years
Density: 4000 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.
Vinification: Grapes were picked at 23.0°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 an 9-
day period. The wine spent 24 months on
the lees in 100% new, 300L & 500L
French oak barrels.
Analysis: Alcohol 14.0%
Total Acidity 5.9 g/l
Residual Sugar 2.6 g/l
Yellow straw in colour. Butterscotch,
yeast, touch bottle age character on the
nose. Good integration with oak and
fruit. Secondary characters have rounded
this wine to be mouthfilling well matured
and attractive length. Drink now until
Production: 2900 750ml bottles
Grilled lobster, or king prawns in garlic butter.