DELHEIM Chardonnay Sue Lie


100% Chardonnay


Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vineyard / Estate / Viticulture:
– Soil Type:
– Special Vintage Info: Protea Block on Simonsberg mountains and Akkerboom on Delvera on the slopes of Klapmutskop. The average yield was 6.5 tons/ha. Two pickings were done on the 6th and n8th of February 2017.
Vinification / Winemaking:
– How grapes were handled: Grapes were hand-picked and cooled down before being whole
bunch pressed the following day.
– Fermentation / Yeast Type / Vessel: The juice was left overnight for a coarse settling, racked to
barrel and inoculated with selected yeast.
– Fermentation Management:
– Reasons for this choice:
– Ageing – barrels / size / time: The wine spends 89 months on the lees in a combination of 228 litre
and 500 litre French oak barrels, of which 30% were new. Only 20% of the barrels were allowed to
complete malolactic fermentation.
Technical Analysis:
– Residual Sugar (g/l): 1/9 g/l
– Alcohol: 12.5%
– pH: 3.37
– Total Acidity 6.10 g/l
Tasting Notes:
The Chardonnay is light, vibrant gold in colour with a green hue. Granny Smith apples, citrus, stone fruit and quince, with subtle nuances of oak on the nose, follows through on the subtle but well-structured palate. Elegant and well-balanced with a mineral touch on the finish. This wine will benefit from bottle ageing up to 5 years from vintage.