Meerlust, Chardonnay 2020
Very bright pale-yellow colour with a green, vivacious hue. Complex, with an appealing nose of apricot, peach, pear, lemon zest and floral notes with hints of toasted almonds.
On the palate the wine is well structured and linear but retains generous focused stone fruit flavours with sleek, balanced, and crisp acidity.
The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit underpinned by minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish.
Sourced from 4 vineyards on the Estate situated on well drained Oakleaf, Dundee and Swartland soil types which produces the rich textured mouth feel and minerality. The oldest vineyards were planted in 2007 on Cartref soils giving a greater fruit expression. The vineyards are mostly south facing towards the cool Atlantic of False Bay. Crop thinning occurred at pruning and at veraison.
Picking of grapes were done by hand. A team of experienced pickers ensured that only the sound bunches were selected during harvest. Juice was settled overnight and racked with some solids still visible in the juice after racking. Alcoholic fermentation was done in barrel of which 61 % were new and 39% second fill 300 litre barrels. Barrels were inoculated with selected Chardonnay yeast, while some barrels underwent un-inoculated, spontaneous fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was given a racking to remove heavy lees and returned to barrel for malo- lactic fermentation. The wine was barrel matured for 9 months before bottling.
Grilled fish, white and red meat.