Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2018

R370.00

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The wine shows an attractive lemony yellow-green colour with a complex nose of citrus, white peach, pineapple, spice, citrus blossoms, apricot and buttered toast aromas. The taste is long and elegant with a lively minerality.

ORIGIN

The grapes are all Estate grown and selected from three vineyards – Rooiland 12 & 13 and the super vineyard Lower Schaapenberg.

 

VINIFICATION

Grapes were whole-bunch pressed with no skin contact. The juice, with some clarification, was racked into 35% new French oak barrels (Francois Frère, Dargaud & Jaegle) and 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels for alcoholic fermentation. The spontaneous onset of fermentation was allowed for and after 7 days the barrels were inoculated with a pure culture yeast strain. Fermentation took approximately 15 days to complete – once the sugar was fermented, all 43 barrels were topped up. Only one-third of the barrels were allowed to complete malolactic fermentation to retain optimum acidity/freshness.  The young wine was left on the gross lees for 10 months with regular battonage, then stabilised and bottled on 19 January 2018.

 

COMPOSITION

100% Chardonnay

 

ANALYSIS

Alc       14.52%
RS       1.58 g/l
TA       6.05 g/l
pH       3.40

 

MATURATION

Drink over the next decade.

Vergelegen Chardonnay Reserve 2018

  • Atkin – 92
  • Platter – ’93 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen Chardonnay Reserve 2017

  • Atkin – 92
  • Martin – 90
  • Platter – ’93 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen Chardonnay Reserve 2016

  • Atkin – 92
  • Martin – 94
  • Platter – ’93 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen Chardonnay Reserve 2015

  • Tanzer – 91
  • Atkin – 91
  • Martin – 92

Vergelegen Chardonnay Reserve 2014

  • Tanzer – 92
  • Atkin – 91

Vergelegen Chardonnay Reserve 2013

  • Tanzer – 91+
  • Atkin – 93
  • Martin – 92
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