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Clay Shales Chardonnay

The Clay Shales Chardonnay is a single-vineyard wine from a site on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge that is ideally located in a mountain shadow, at high altitude and near the ocean. The wine is named after the Bokkeveld shale and clay soils on which it is grown, which combine to provide the perfect base for a balanced, Grand Cru-rivaling wine.

Latest release (2018)

This vintage reflects the signature concentration of fruit in balance with bright acidity and grip. Candied lemon, ripe peach and honeysuckle on the palate with gentle honeyed nuttiness and beeswax. The finish is exceptionally long and lingering.

Vinification

Whole-bunch pressed with no enzymes, SO2 or commercial yeasts added at pressing. After an overnight rough-settling, the juice was sent to barrel, with fermentation and ageing taking place over 10 months in a 2600L Foudre.

Technical Analysis

pH 3.33
alc% 13.2%
Total acidity 5.5 g/l

Total sulphites 58 mg/l
Residual sugar 1.4 g/l