2017 Groote Post Unwooded Chardonnay
Pineapple, citrus flavours are in abundance on the nose and palate. This vintage has fresh acidity and concentrated structure with very good ageing potential.
IN THE VINEYARD
Vines planted: 1995
Soil: Hutton/Oak leaf
Yield: 7 t/ha
Irrigation: Dry land
Trellising: 5 wire extended moveable perold
The chardonnay vineyard site is 400m above sea level attracting the full cooling effect of the cold Atlantic. The 2017 harvest went through with very few hot days and the evenings were cooler than most years yielding superior fruit.
IN THE CELLAR
The unwooded style of Chardonnay is about maintaining freshness, therefore the grapes need to be kept at 14—18 ˚ C during the crush, skin contact period and fermentation. The fermentation in stainless steel tanks lasted 12 days. The wine spent 3 months on the lees before filtration and bottling.
Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.43 g/l RS: 1.7 g/l TA: 6.9 g/l