dmz-chardonnay

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MAESTRO WHITE 2013

Tasting Notes
The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste. 

 

 

Technical Detail

Winemaker  Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend

37% Chenin Blanc

24% Chardonnay

24% Roussanne

15% Viognier

Alcohol  14.2 %
pH 3.32
RS 3.30 g/l
Total acid 6.40 g/l
Appellation Stellenbosch

 

VINEYARDS

Vertical shoot positioned vineyards allow for optimum ripening and ideal sunlight exposure of fruit. There is a good exposure of slopes to cooling Southern breezes off False Bay. Vineyards are established on slopes with soils of weathered granite and sandstone. Yields are controlled to between 7 and 8 tons per hectare.

 

VINTAGE

The vintage 2013 started off with cool temperatures persisting through most of January. A long dry spell followed with very hot temperatures in early February. White fruit ripened well and without any losses to disease. The cool January temperatures and intermittent rainfall favoured the development of localised botrytis in some of the Chenin Blanc.

 

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months.  A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.