Stellenbosch Vineyards, Credo Chardonnay 2020
Stellenbosch Vineyards are a leading producer and exporter, based in Stellenbosch; they have received a huge amount of international and domestic acclaim for their range of wines.
They operate as a negociant, sourcing their grapes from only the best locations across the Western Cape.
For this Chardonnay, the grapes were fermented and aged in French Oak barrels. The wine was kept on its lees and underwent battonage each month, giving it a soft, supple texture and a more complex flavour profile.
The result is a wine with power and finesse. On the palate, expect buttered toast and crème brûlée, with citrus, melon and ginger close behind. Don’t serve it fridge cold; we recommend taking it out of the fridge, and leaving it open for half an hour or so, to fully appreciate it.
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Background: Credo is Latin for “I Believe”.
This distinctive Chardonnay our winemakers’ belief: To create an elegant, ever graceful and rewarding wine comparable with the world’s best.
The Vineyards: The grapes are sourced from vineyards within the Stellenbosch area. Full ripe fruit was handpicked in the third week of February 2020.
The Winemaking: The grapes were fermented in 300-litre French oak barrels. The wine was kept on the primary lees for eight months and batonaged monthly. Wine was then racked from primary lees and return to the same 300 litre French oak barrels where it was aged for another three months (60% barrels were first fill and 40% were second fill). Barrel selection was done in order to select only the best barrels. Lightly filtered before bottling.
Winemaker’s Comments: Pale gold with hints of green. Voluptuous body with aromas of buttered toast and crème bruleé. Firm structure with a mélange of citrus, treacle toffee, melon and a hint of ginger. The finish is seamless and lingers long after the last drop.
Maturation Potential: Ready to be enjoyed now with a maturation potential of three to five years. Food Pairing: Excellent served with rich chicken dishes, matured cheeses and fish curries.
Try it with a mild, creamy fish curry.