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Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2012
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Tertius Boshoff
Main Variety : Chardonnay
Alcohol : 13.0 %vol
pH : 3.3
RS : 3.7 g/l
Total Acid : 7.3 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : White
Style : Dry


Accolades
2013 International Wine and Spirit Competition - Silver Outstanding
Tasting Notes
The nose shows ripe citrus fruit with some toasted almond. The palate more concentrated with stronger nut flavours, some peach notes, but also a lingering mineral finish to it. Well judged oak preserves a butterscotch palate and promote a zesty acidity.
Ageing Potential
The wine has zesty acidity for graceful bottle ageing.
Blend Information
100% Chardonnay
Food Suggestions
This Chardonnay will compliment spicy Thai grill vegetables or even well matured cheeses.
In The Vineyard
Out of all the vineyards we own, these come from our highest altitude soil and only limestone vineyards. The focus is placed on how minerality from limestone can play the main role in the theatre of fruit and oak.

The grapes come from trellised vines from our Bottelary property.
About The Harvest
Chardonnay grapes are harvested at between 22 to 23° Balling.
In The Cellar
The grapes are crushed and the juice allowed skin contact for up to 8 hours without any sulphur additions.  The hyperoxygenated juice is then taken to barrels without proper settling and allowed to ferment with wild yeasts. Fermentation can take up to 3 months to finish and the wine is often stirred to lift the lees after fermentation has completed.

The Chardonnay spends a total of 12 months in French barrels (30% new) on its gross lees giving the yeast cells chance to undergo autolysis to release more flavour and richness into the wine.  

Time spent on lees: 12 months in barrel on fermentation lees

Other Vintages
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2018 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2017 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2015 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2014 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2012 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2011 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2010 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2009 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2008 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay
Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2007 Tertius Boshoff Chardonnay

Tel: +27.218802283   Fax: +27.218802284   Email: info@stellenrust.co.za  
Off the R44 between Stellenbosch & Somerset West, On the Stellenrust Road, Stellenbosch NU, Koelenhof, 7605, South Africa
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