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Stellenrust Chardonnay 'Wild Yeast' Barrel Fermented 2018
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Tertius Boshoff
Main Variety : Chardonnay
Alcohol : 13.4 %vol
pH : 3.28
RS : 3.4 g/l
Total Acid : 7.1 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : White
Style : Dry


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 complement spicy Thai grill vegetables or even well matured cheeses.

In The Vineyard

Grapes for this wine are harvested from our highest altitude vineyards in the Bottelary Hills. Interestingly enough, it is also the only block of lime stone on any of our properties and our Grandfather decided many years ago to plant Chardonnay to this small patch of land.

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. 

Additional Information

Chardonnay is an extremely clonal and site specific variety. The Barrel Fer-mented Chardonnay displays how minerality generated from limestone can influence natural fruit and oak derived characteristics in Chardonnay from our Bottelary farm.


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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, Stellenbosch, 7600, Koelenhof, 7605, South Africa
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