Chardonnay Durbanville Hills
The grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards located mostly in the lower Durbanville foothills on the southern slopes, some 250 metres above sea level and grown in dark red soils. The vineyards, yielding around 9 tons per hectare, were harvested from mid to late February between 24° and 26° Balling, when the grapes were showing ripe, yellow colours.
Aromas of zesty citrus and butterscotch on the nose with hints of orange blossom and dried apricot.
An elegant, well-balanced wine that fills the mouth with sweet fruit, orange zest, leading to a fresh finish.
Notes from the Winemakers
The grapes from each vineyard were individually vinified. The bulk of the wine was fermented in steel tanks at temperatures between 12-15°C and left on the lees for four months to accentuate the pronounced fruit character. A total of 15% of the wine was fermented and matured for four months on tight grain French oak staves with a medium toasting which adds complexity and subtle oak flavours without dominating the fruit.
Serve with Chinese-style deep-fried pork, macaroni and cheese, nutcrusted chicken, prawns served with cashews and selection of button, shiitake and oyster mushrooms fried with butter, garlic and onion.