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Hoopenburg Chardonnay 1999 - Winemakers Selection
Technical Analysis
: Ernst Gouws
Main Variety : Chardonnay
Alcohol : 12.5 %vol
pH : 3.36
RS : 4.29 g/l
Total Acid : 6.50 g/l
Appellation : Coastal
Type : White

Tasting Notes
Pale of hue, this Chardonnay from new young bush vines has an open nose with a fresh, lemony fragrance and tart pineapple aromas and flavours. There is a hint of fatness on the finish from the lees contact, but a further 10 months’ new French oak maturation and a firm acidity make it a must with light, yet rich foods such as pâtés, smoked salmon, terrines or strongly flavoured, creamy cheeses.
Blend Information
About The Harvest
The grapes were harvested at 23º Balling on 28 January 1999 from six year old bush vines growing on Hoopenburg. The low yield and consistently moderate climate create ideal conditions for producing high quality wine.
In The Cellar
The grapes were destalked and allowed overnight skin contact. After pressing the juice was left to settle before being inoculated with a specially selected yeast culture. The fermenting juice was transferred to new French Oak barrels and left on the lees for two months after fermentation was completed. The wine was racked and returned to the barrels for a further ten months wood maturation.

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Hoopenburg Chardonnay 1999 - Winemakers Selection Ernst Gouws Chardonnay

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