Waterford Estate, Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
Made from some of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in South Africa, planted in 1988
Aromas of fresh peach pip, lime and a light touch of oak from barrel.
Waterford’s older vines still prove to produce lovely restrained, tightly structured wines that are rather perfumed when young, but develop beautifully during bottle maturation.
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This Chardonnay vineyard was registered as single vineyard in 2012, which ensures that the traceability of the wine produced exclusively to the original 5.8-hectare block. Soils are comprised of red clay (Hutton) as well as large granite deposits and parent material found throughout the clay profile.
The clay adds structure to the wine, while the granite produces great minerality and finesse to the overall presentation. 2018 vintage shows slightly richer and a fuller complexity on the palate compared to the previous vintage.
Another year of severe drought conditions. Low winter rainfall and odd warm days during winter. Once the season got going, moderate to cool and windless conditions were experienced, perfect for flowering and fruit set leading to high crop potentials. From November onwards, warm burg wind conditions were experienced throughout creating stressful ripening conditions. Positive results with early picking dates are lowers alcohol wines with ironically good freshness.
A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).
A versatile wine, pairing with pork, salmon, tuna, vegetarian dishes, poultry and cheese.