Chardonnay : 2014

Alcohol : 13.31%

Acid : 6.1g/L

pH : 3.32

Residual Sugar : 2.0g/L

Composition : 10 months barrel maturation
100% Bourgogne Oak Barrels - 30% new wood

Production : 8500 bottles (708 x 12 cases)

Release Date : June 2016

Viticulture

Soils:

Along the banks of the On Rus river the soil is ancient decomposed granite loam with quartzite inclusion.

Aspect & Elevation:

North West from 180-196m above sea level at 8km from the Atlantic Ocean.

Trellis & Plant Density:

On standard VSP trellis at 4000 plants per Ha as well as high density VSP trellis at 8000 plants per hectare.

Harvest dates:

Young blocks – 3rd February and older blocks 27th February 2014, (10 days earlier than usual) hand harvested into crates.

Winemaking

Cellar door:

All grapes hand sorted, cooled, de-stemmed and crushed through press to stainless steel tanks for settling.

Fermentation:

In 228lt barrels using a combination of spontaneous and selected yeast strains at ambient temperature.

Maturation:

Kept in barrel on fermentation lees for 9 months with Malolactic fermentation completed over 6 months and gentle bâtonnage through the seasons. The wine is cellared in bottle for a year before release.

Winemaker’s Note:

A typical feature of the Upper Hemel en Aarde Valley is the maritime fog that enters along the valley floor in the evening and exits in the early morning, this is where our Chardonnay vineyards are located and gain full benefit from this gentle air stream. This Chardonnay strives to present the delicate fruit expression of the grape, underpinned by the benefits of well gauged oaking to show off the inherent qualities and a reflection in its purest sense, of this place, Sumaridge. The typically lively minerality derived from our soils and cool maritime air, combine effortlessly with lime, quince and citrus blossom as fresh flavours which augment the richly textured mouth feel. A versatile wine of classic style best enjoyed with most white meat dishes as well as creamy pasta meals.

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley,
Hermanus, South Africa.

Tel: +27 (0)28 312 1097

Fax: +27 (0)86 623 4248

Email: info@sumaridge.co.za

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