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100% Chardonnay The 2011 harvest in the Western Cape was warmer and dryer than normal, resulting in lower yields, smaller bunches and consequently riper flavours. These seasonal conditions produced sound, fully ripe and healthy grapes with resultant wines rich, soft and generous in flavour. This complex and indulgent MCC shows aromas of green apple and citrus. Hints of lime are accompanied by aromas of toasted bread and hazelnut.
The palate is creamy, round and textured with an explosive acidity and lasting, elegant finish. The grapes were hand harvested into bins in the cool of the morning. They were then whole-bunch pressed and only free-run juice was used for the final blend. A selected yeast strain was used for primary fermentation. A 50% portion of the Chardonnay was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was blended and bottled, and underwent a secondary fermentation in the bottle. This was followed by bottle maturation of approximately 36 months. Only then was it disgorged, corked and labelled. This MCC was matured on lees, in bottle, for approximately 36 months.
Enjoy this bubbly well chilled and on its own, or with oysters, sushi and other delicate seafood dishes.