With a higher RS and resulting TA the wine’s palate is more weighted and complex. Slightly sweeter, yes, but still a classic Chardonnay still showing all the fresh characteristics of the Overberg. Clean fruit flavours, lingering minerality and striking acidity. Aromas and flavours of ripe apples, tropical fruit, white florals, hints of a nuttiness and even coconut. We recommend sharing this wine with friends over a crispy pork belly, a roasted chicken or even a curry. A great pairing with Chardonnay is aubergine and can be used in any of the dished mentioned. Perfect serving temperature is vital and we recommend 14-16°C.
Alcohol: 13% Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/l Total Acidity: 7.3 g/l pH: 3.14
Harvested by hand 9th February 2017 Bottled: 01 February 2018
Ageing potential: 8.10 years Production: 3.700 bottles (750ml)
All together a tough vintage, a compressed vintage where early ripening varieties and mid-season varieties ripened at the same time. We started vintage on the 26th of January and was done picking by the 4th of March. With the threat of drought but hot days a reality South African yields were down and will continue to decline. Luckily for Seven Springs we have springs in the mountains, but not much could be done for those incredibly hot days during the ripening season. 2017 was also a massive fire season for South Africa with many vineyards under threat of being burned down and some even sustained real damage. Lucky for us, we had no major fires in the Hemel-en-Aarde region.