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Journey's End Chardonnay 2016

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Single Vineyard Estate Range
Pale gold, with a pale rim. Expressive fruit, initially lemon and orange peel, but under that it’s more tropical, mango and pineapple, all seamed through with crushed almond, savoury oak tones.

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R150

R900 per Case of 6

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Pack Size1 Bottle 750ml
Region:Helderberg
Blend:100% Chardonnay
Winemaker/Cellarmaster:Leon Esterhuizen

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This is a layered, complex wine, the result of cool-grown fruit carefully handled, plus barrel selection. The palate is silky, with a tangy finish from the fruit and acid combination, extending the flavours.

Grapes were handpicked early morning form a 2.5 ha block.  The block was picked in 2 stages.  Morning sun grapes were picked first and then a week later the afternoon sun grapes. The morning sun grapes contribute riper fruit compared to the citrus flavours from the afternoon sun grapes. Grapes were picked on 22 to 24 balling. After grapes were hand sorted and destemmed it was only lightly pressed to ensure good quality free run juice.  Juice settled for 72 hours with a settling enzyme before it was racked. Halve of the total blend were “wild fermented” and the other halve were inoculated with a chardonnay selected yeast. The fermentation process starts in stainless steel tanks and then racked to 300 L French oak barrels once fermentation started. After fermentation only 30 % of the blend went through malolactic fermentation.  The barrels were regularly buttonage to add complexity. Wine oak matured for 9 months in 30 % new French oak barrels.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 6.19 g/l
pH: 3.44
Residual Sugar: 3.45 g/l

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