Unoaked Chardonnay 2013




International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015 – BRONZE



Tasting Notes

Harvesting at a low sugar ripeness, gives rise to an elegant well balanced Unoaked Chardonnay  with fresh citrus fruit aromas, subtle notes of white blossom, melon and peaches, together with a fresh and vibrant palate. It has a beautiful lingering mouth feel, that makes it easy to drink on its own but one which is also an excellent accompaniment to a range of foods, from Sushi, to salads and even spicy soups.


Technical Analysis

Alcohol: 12.66%     Residual Sugar: 1.6 g/l     Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l     pH: 3.36
Harvested 20th February 2013    Bottled: October 2013  Ageing potential: 3-5 years
Production: 6000 bottles (750ml)

Harvest Report

The Seven Springs harvest season had never started so late, for producers across the Western Cape it was not only late but also around two weeks shorter than usual. The prolonged winter conditions had continued well into September in some areas and was  followed by a cool spring, with the occasional rains and even floods on some farms. These cold, wet weather conditions ensured even bud burst across the vineyard, and the accumulation of water allowed the vines to cope with the warmer conditions later in the season.

The vineyards had good growth in ideal dry weather conditions during flowering and whilst the fruit set, which happens around late October early November. We experienced none of the customary gale force winds which often prevail early in the season and the grapevines were able to flourish, but the southeaster was out in force throughout December.
From mid January until April the conditions were hot and dry, making it a challenging year with respect to irrigation management. The ripening period was dry and warm, keeping our harvest season quite short.


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