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Callender Peak, Chardonnay, Ceres Plateau 2017

100% fruit from the unique Ceres Plateau appellation. 2 vineyards, one called "Kliptuin" which translates to "stone garden". This is the site the first vines were planted on the farm and another called "rivierblok" with more sandy soils. Very long cold winters and cooler than normal ripening periods causes these grapes up in the mountains to ripen at least a month or in some years up to 2 months later than regions like Stellenbosch. wine-making is kept as basic as possible. Whole bunch pressed to tank to settle overnight without any additions and racked to second and third fill french barriques the next day. Spontaneous fermentation can last up to 6 months. Full malolactic if the wine wants to and after 10 months on the lees the first racking takes place when the wine is blended and returned to barrel for another 2 months before bottling with minimal filtration.

The nose shows notes of vanilla, toast and some exotic pineapple and lemon nuances. The palate is broad, textured and leesy with hints of honeycomb and some yellow citrus. The acidity is piercing due to no malolactic fermentation in this vintage and gives great focus and backbone to a wine as textured as this.

Match with grilled prawns, fresh crayfish and other hearty seafood dishes

 

 


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