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River Garden Flower Collection Chardonnay 2018

R70.00

Lovely dried peach and pineapple flavours with hints of melon and orange blossom on the nose. Vibrant fresh fruit on the pallet that is very well balanced with a creaminess and zesty, crisp finish making it a delicious easy drinking wine.

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Harvest Description

The preceding three years has been the driest in recorded history in the South African Wine producing regions. However, the hot, dry weather kept the vineyards largely disease and pest-free and while December and January were hot – hitting 35°C at times – there were no intense heatwaves. The end of the growing season grew cooler, leading to better colour and flavour in later ripening varieties . We experienced thunder storms during the flowering season in November and a severe thunder and hail storm during harvest in February. Thunder and lightning are full of nitrogen, which get deposited in the vines making them lush and green. That, in turn, helped with the overall state of our vines and ripening in a very difficult and dry season. Due to our unique topography and high rainfall we had enough water for all the normal requirements of our vines during and after harvest. The crop levels were a little bit down, but our overall quality is deemed very high as much of the loss in overall volume was due to smaller berries and bunches which, conversely, should lead to a greater concentration of flavour and colour in the 2018 wines.

In The Vineyard

Altitude: 100-200m above sea level from various locations on Lourensford Wine Estate
Age of vines: 12-17 years
Rootstock: 101-14 Mgt, Richter 110
Clones: CY277, CY76, CY95
Slopes: North Eastern and flat laying areas
Row direction: North South and East-West
Soil type: Varying soil types including high potential soil of Sweetwater, Tukulu, Dundee and Pinedene

Analysis

Alcohol: 13.5 vol %
pH: 3.53
Total acid: 6.3 g/l
RS: 1.8 g/l
Closure: Aluminium screwcap with Saran/Tin liner

Wine Information

Cultivar: Chardonnay
Wood: Unwooded

Maturation Potential

This vintage can be enjoyed up to 2021 if stored correctly but will reach it’s best drinking potential towards the middle of 2019.

Food Pairing

It is a refreshingly versatile wine that will go well with pasta dishes, poultry and fish in creamy sauces. It is also good with asparagus and melted butter, snails in garlic butter, Ceaser salad, mild Indian korma or other creamy coconutty curries, guacamole and shellfish stews. Also with eggy dishes, particularly those containing cream, butter or cheese, and with soufflés and quiches. It will also be a great companion to be enjoyed outdoors with your favourite picnic.

The wine is best served slightly chilled, but not too cold.

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