Deep straw hues. Sweet vanilla and hints of almonds on the nose with clean tropical fruit to follow. Delicate oak support. Rich and full in the mouth with layers of full fruit flavours including white peach, apricot, grapefruit, and always the vanilla backing.
Alcohol 14.0 %vol
RS 2.27 g/l
Total acid 5.7 g/l
Origin Western Cape
The fruit for DMZ Chardonnay is selected from premium trellised vineyards in the Western Cape at elevations of 100-200 meters above sea level, most with the cooling effects of the close proximity to the ocean. Components from weathered granite and sandstone soils in Stellenbosch, Durbanville and Elgin all contribute to the elegance and minerality, as well as a fresh citrus and yellow apple character.
2013 weather conditions were particularly cool throughout the ripening period of the Chardonnay. Intermittent hot spells caused rapid ripening in certain blocks, but picking was planned to accommodate both styles, namely, cool/citrus/white fruit and warmer/tropical/yellow fruit. 2013 was a year with localised botrytis but the Chardonnay was unaffected.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Each vineyard parcel was fermented separately, using a combination of natural yeast and careful inoculation. Of the grapes, 25% were left as whole bunch and 75% were lightly crushed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The wine was aged on its lees in a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrels. A small percentage of malolactic fermentation was allowed. After four months, the various parcels were blended, then aged for a further three months before being stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled.