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River Garden Classique Chardonnay/Pinot noir 2019

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The Chardonnay Pinot noir is a crisp and fruity wine. It is harvested from the first fruit to ripen every season. The Chardonnay contributes fresh and crisp citrus and ripe pineapple tones to the wine while the Pinot noir adds red fruit flavours of cherry, watermelon and rose water with hints of grapefruit and strawberries. The wine finishes with a refreshing acid balance on the palate. The strikingly beautiful rose-brass colour of the wine will lighten up any occasion.

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Harvest Description

The 2019 harvest was our most challenging harvest to date. The preceding three year drought has been the driest years in recorded history in the South African Wine producing regions. The effects of which could still be seen in our vineyards during this harvest. Fortunately due our unique topography and we had enough water for all the normal requirements of our vines during and after harvest. Apart from that we also experienced extreme weather conditions with a heat wave towards the end of winter leading to pre-mature budding of the early varietals. We also experienced cool temperatures and higher than normal rainfall during February and early March, putting a lot of pressure on the disease control of the vines. It has been a harvest like no other where we visited all the vineyards at least once or twice a day to monitor the ripeness and determine the perfect harvest window. Due to the weather conditions the crop levels were a little bit less than normal, 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 2019 wines.

In The Vineyard

Altitude: 100-150m above sea level and next to the Lourens River
Age of vines: 12 years
Rootstock: 101-14 Mgt
Slopes: Situated on the valley floor
Soil type: Varying soil types including high potential soil of Sweetwater and Tukulu

Analysis

Alcohol: 13 vol %

pH: 3.49

Total acid: 6.5g/l

RS: 2.0 g/l

Closure: Aluminium screwcap with Saran/Tin liner

Wine Information

Cultivar: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot noir
Wood: No wood treatment

Maturation Potential

This vintage can be enjoyed up to the end of 2022.

Food Pairing

It is a perfect wine for picnics and light lunches. The wine is easygoing and will pair well with slightly creamy food with a touch of saltiness . It pairs well with a carbonara or mussel broth served with fondant potatoes and grilled line fish. The wine is best friends with a smoked trout pâté and likes to flirt with an in-season strawberry. It will also pair well with lemon-thyme roast chicken or grilled trout or salmon. Or with simple salads, summery meals and picnics.

Best served ice cold.

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