2020 Chardonnay, MulderboschWestern Cape, South AfricaVintage: 2020
Inviting aromas of white chocolate and toffee lead to notes of sweet vanilla fudge and sandalwood. Fresh and zesty on the palate, with pineapple sweetness and citrus zest enveloped by melt in the mouth viscosity and real depth of flavour through to a very long finish.
The Chardonnay grapes come from the estate vineyard in Stellenbosch. The vineyards benefit from being 14 kilometres from False Bay, where the strong maritime influence cools the vineyards in the hot, summer months, ensuring good levels of natural grape acidity in the final wine, central to the Mulderbosch style of fresh, balanced wines. The soil is made up of decomposed sandstone with some granitic conglomerate stones, known as ‘Koffieklip’. This iron-ferrite rich soil produces wines with more minerality and intensity.
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Founded in 1989, multi-award-winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. As advocates of the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir. Chenin Blanc is the Cape’s signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the world. In 1996, Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed to tank and left to settle overnight. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts; half the juice was fermented in oak of which 50% was
new and 50% was neutral, the remaining half was fermented in stainless steel to retain the purity of fruit. The wine spent six months maturing on the fine lees in their respective fermentation vessels, before being deftly blended and placed in larger format oak foudres of 1,500 litres, where the blend spent a further six months. The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.