Lourensford Limited Release Chardonnay 2016


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Intense ripe pineapple and melon flavours supported by white peach, apricot and hints of jasmine and lemon zest. Orange peel, roasted cashew nuts, toffee and vanilla flavours in the wine reminds of a wet pine forest floor in autumn. The wine has a brilliant acidity and strong core due to the natural fermentation. The roundness on the pallet and flavours of orange blossom and lemony zest is supported by a creamy finish.

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IWSC – Silver Outstanding

Michelangelo – Double Gold

Vitis Vinifera – Double Gold

Mundus Vini – Best South African White Wine of Show

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Harvest Description

It was the driest year in 100 years of recorded history. This was followed by one of the hottest and driest summers in history. Budding started about one week earlier and we did not have severe South Easter winds at the start of summer. This resulted in very good budding and flowering of the vines. The drought and high summer temperatures resulted in much faster ripening and the earliest recorded harvest dates in history on Lourensford as well as the shortest harvest ever. The vines were generally very healthy and in good balance and where needed we could water by drip irrigation. The berries were small and concentrated. With good canopy management and perfect harvest decisions we manage to bring the grapes in at just the desired time. This resulted in refined wines with elegance and slightly lower alcohols compared to other harvests.

The harvest dates were from the 5th – 20th of February 2016.


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