CAPE SUN RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2015
RESERVE CHARDONNAY TASTING NOTES
An explosion of ripe tropical fruit flavours on the pallet. The natural fermentation gives it a layered fruit dimension that ends in a lusciously juicy finish that is very well integrated and balanced with a bright acidity supported by the subtle use of wood.
A cool and wet winter allowed vines to go into proper dormancy. We experienced severe winds at the end of November and extreme heatwave conditions at the end of December. This resulted in slower ripening and the ability to harvest at lower sugar levels and with good canopy management and perfect harvest decisions we manage to bring the Chardonnay in without any rot or spoilage problems due to the wet conditions during the latter ripening stages. This resulted in refined wines with elegance and good natural acidity.
ABOUT THE HARVEST
The grapes were harvested by hand from mid-February. In the Cellar, Sixty percent was fermented in stainless steel tanks between 12º and 15ºC and left on the lees for six months, racked and tank matured for another six months. It was mixed with the lees occasionally to impart freshness and a full body that would not be overwhelmed by wood.
This wine can stand up to rich foods such as pasta, poultry, and fish with creamy sauces.