Classic flint on the nose with candied lemon, ripe peach and honeysuckle flavours on the palate with hints of honey. A saline minerality and succulent, juicy texture add to the complexity of this intense and long lasting wine.
This Chardonnay is grown in the ‘Clay Shales’ single vineyard, the name of which is derived from the soil composition here: predominately clay and shale. This combination allows for optimum fruit development while naturally restricting vigour. The vineyard sits at 300 metres above sea level in the mountains behind the town of Hermanus in the Walker Bay region. Altitude and cooling sea breezes slow down the grape ripening process, resulting in grapes with excellent concentration of flavour balanced by a vibrant acidity.
The 2021 vintage was the latest Cape Vintage since 2014, with the drought broken and a cold, wet winter leading to later bud break and ripening. Yields were down on the Chardonnays due to high winds at flowering which led to poor berry set, but fruit quality was excellent and acidities were higher than usual. With time, the wines are predicted to be elegant and charming, with lovely freshness and pure fruit flavours.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were gently pressed as whole bunches in order to obtain a very clear juice. The juice was left to settle and then racked into 500-litre French and Austrian oak barrels, where the wine fermented naturally and remained on its lees for 10 months, gaining textural complexity. It was bottled by hand with no filtration or cold stabilisation to retain maximum intensity of flavour and character.