MAN Vintners Chardonnay 2010
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Grape source: From two dry-land vineyards in Perdeberg region of Paarl
Wine analysis: Alc 13.5% • RS 4.1 g/l • TA 6.5g/l • pH 3.49
Sourced from two vineyards in the Agter-Paarl region. Grapes were hand harvested at full ripeness. After pressing and settling, the must was inoculated with South African yeast. 15% of the wine was fermented in small American oak barrels; the remaining wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation all the wine was placed in stainless steel tanks, lying on the lees for 4 and ½ months with regular stirring. Fined and filtered before bottling.
Ideal ripening conditions started the 2010 season, with cool temperatures prevailing. Strong winds resulted in some crop loss, but increased concentration of flavors in remaining fruit. Good winter rains in 2009 kept vineyards healthy throughout summer. Overall quality of grapes was very good indeed.
Wine description & food pairing:
This refreshing style of Chardonnay is made with a touch of oak for added complexity and richness. Melon, tropical fruit and citrus aromas, a rounded palate with butterscotch notes and prominent fruit flavors. A versatile wine that will complement virtually any food. Serve 8°C-9°C.