Cape of Good Hope

Serruria Chardonnay

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R 260

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2016


Cultivar:

100% Chardonnay

Country:

South Africa

Rating:

91 Points - Tim Atkin

Specifications:

13.00% alc vol
Type: White Wine Cellaring Potential: 7 yrs
Origin: Overberg Appellation: Elandskloof

Tasting Notes:

Inviting aromas of grapefruit, citrus and orange blossoms, tinged with honey and toast. The palate is rich, rounded and yet vibrantly alive with bright citrus flavours and oodles of orange blossom honey. Complex, elegant and statuesque with lovely restraint apparent in the supportive platform of oak. Creamy yet light and lively, the wine has a long aftertaste but a defined finish and good acidity.

Grapefruit
Grapefruit

Honey
Honey

Orange Blossom
Orange Blossom

Toast
Toast

Altima is situated in Elandskloof, an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp, which is 5km wide and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. The steep topography causes the valley to receive less direct sunlight due to the overshadowing mountains, which together with the elevation of 600 to 900m equates to a very cool climate for the valley. This unique terroir produces wines with a high natural acidity and upfront aromas. In general, these grapes are harvested much later than other sites in the Western Cape.

Warmer, drier conditions than usual between March and November with below average rainfall. Acid levels were slightly lower due to the warmer conditions. The vineyards again delivered fruit of exceptional purity and flavour.

The wine spent 8 months on the lees without malolactic fermentation before being blended and bottled early in December.

Grapeswerehand-pickedintosmalllug-boxesinthe early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed before overnight settling in stainless steel tank. Fermentation occurred in 300l French oak barrels - 32% new, 23% 2nd- and 14% 3rd fill. The remaining 31% was unoaked.

Food pairing

Fresh raspberry, lemon and white chocolate cupcakes.

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