Oldenburg Vineyards, Chardonnay 2022
Oldenburg; a hot topic from a cool climate. Anyone who knows anything about South African wine should have Oldenburg fully on their radar – they are producing outrageously good wine and have, very arguably, the most beautiful tasting room to visit in the Cape. Oldenburg, situated in the Banghoek Valley of Stellenbosch, has one of the coolest microclimates in the region. A combination of a mountain amphitheatre, high altitude and cooling winds result in growing conditions about 5 degrees cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch.
Oldenburg aims to best reflect their remarkable terroir through the Oldenburg Vineyards (OV) range of wines – a range of single cultivar wines. There is minimal intervention in the vineyards and the wines are made in an uncompromising manner.
After hand sorting, only the best bunches were selected. They were pressed, whole bunch on a gentle Champagne cycle, in order to best preserve the fruit. Fermentation, using wild yeasts, and partial malolactic conversion took place in 228L French oak barrels (29% new) before 11 further months of maturation.
An array of citrus and stone fruit leap out of the glass, which are entwined with toasted almonds, vanilla and caramel. The dense palate is kept in check by a racy acidity and an endless finish. Sublime. Delicious now and will develop over the next 8-12 years.
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Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Harvest: 14 – 22 February 2022 at 22.6 Balling
Technical Data: Alc: 13.56%, RS: 3.1g/l, TA: 6.0g/l, pH: 3.50
Maturation: 11 months in 228L French oak barrels (29% new)
At Oldenburg Vineyards, we believe that great wines can only come from the best quality grapes. Our intervention in the vineyards is minimal, to reflect the full potential of our mountain terroir. The Oldenburg Vineyards Series is a true expression of terroir through our range of single cultivar wines. The confluence of the 8 Natural Elements that determine our unique terroir is explored through these wines and their real sense of place. The 8 elements are depicted on the intricate Oldenburg Vineyards Series label design. Wines made in an uncompromising manner, intending to showcase the finest characteristics of each cultivar.
WINEMAKING / MATURATION
Grapes were picked by hand in the cool hours of the morning from cool climate vineyards. Bunches were sorted by hand and whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press on a gentle Champagne cycle. The juice was settled overnight and then racked to 228L French oak barrels for spontaneous fermentation. The wild yeast fermentation took 2 months to complete. Partial Malolactic conversion was done on some of the batches. The wine was matured for 11 months in barrel. The wine was gently fined and filtered before bottling.
Practically bursting out of the glass, this Chardonnay is alive with tropical and floral notes. Aromas of loquat, apricot, white peaches and a slight touch of lime greet the taster in the glass. Further aromas delicately weave their way through the vibrancy with notes of toasted almonds, nectarine, vanilla and caramel. A racy acidity keeps the dense palate in check and allows for wave after wave of aromas and flavours to tickle their way across the palate. A beautiful wine that will continue to age spectacularly over the next 8–12 years.
Stellenbosch, in general, played host to a perfect winter, with steady cold units being accumulated through to the end of August with even rainfall throughout the winter. The good winter cold led to a particularly even budbreak. Spring was cool and dry, which favoured the flowering and fruit set for the vintage. Good summer rainfall meant the vigour needed to be kept in check. Despite a relatively hot and dry ripening period, temperatures were kept moderated due to our higher altitude and ultimately led to an exceptionally good harvest with great sugar accumulation.
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