Cape of Good Hope

Serruria Chardonnay

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R 260

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2017


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:

Subtle whiffs of orange blossom, lime zest, vanilla cream and a light biscuit note are apparent on both the nose and the palate. Flavours of rich, ripe orange cream are balanced by the zingy freshness of bright acidity and citrus zest notes while providing a supportive platform for the fruit flavours to dance elegantly and effrtlessly upong, the creamy, nutty oak which is superbly integrated. A refined, balanced and posed wine which drinks well now but will reward patience in cellaring. 

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.

Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the 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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