2018 Slander, Orin SwiftAugust 26, 2021
2019 The Stump Jump Chardonnay, d’ArenbergAugust 26, 2021
2017 Smuggler’s Boot Chardonnay, Richard Kershaw
White, Round and Fruity
Out of stock
Tasting Note: Chardonnay from South Africa’s Western Cape, heady with peach blossom and orange peel, the mouth a lively combination of green apple, nectarine, dried apricot and an enlivening dash of peaty whisky.
Food Matching: Fish pie, pasta in a clam sauce or pan-seared scallops with a lemon cream or lemon and thyme Roasted free range chicken.
Vineyard: Harvest took place under blue skies in February and through to early March. The net result is the wines achieved steady phenolic ripeness, have respectable natural acidity and the drier year has given plenty of intense fruit flavours.
Vinification: The grapes were handpicked and then whole-bunch pressed with half the juice was gravity-flowed directly to French oak barrels.The unclarified juice has neither enzymes nor yeast added. 70% of the juice underwent a natural fermentation until dry whilst the rest used cultured yeast. No MLF was encouraged. Chardonnay spent an average of 8 months on its fermentation lees which were periodically stirred to enable yeast autolysis – that creamy, oatmeal mouthfeel component.
Sparkling & Champagne