Vergelegen Premium Chardonnay 2020
The wine shows an attractive lemony yellow-green colour with a complex nose of citrus, peach, tropical fruit and mineral tones. The palate is long and full with delicate wooding. Beautifully refined and elegant.
This is the ninth year that entirely Estate-grown grapes have been used in the making of the Premium Chardonnay. The 2020 crop is the smallest ever, one-third of the normal crop and I believe the effect of global warming has come home to roost. We undoubtedly will have to review sites for new plantings with even more care.
The 2020 Chardonnay is made entirely from Estate grown grapes on the Rocklands , Rooiland, Slanghoek and Korhaan sites.
Grapes were whole-bunch pressed and not given any skin contact. The juice, slightly clarified, was racked into 20% new French oak barrels (Francois Frère, Dargaud & Jaegle, St Martin and 80% second, third and fourth fill barrels) for alcoholic fermentation. All the different vineyards were barrel fermented and matured on the lees for 8 months before bottling on 8 November 2020.
100% Chardonnay from the Estate
RS 2.40 g/l
TA 6.6 g/l
Drink now or allow to evolve over the next few years. Released June 2021.