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Stellenbosch - South Africa


Easily the most overlooked and under appreciated Chardonnay region in South Africa is Stellenbosch. There are pockets in the region that can achieve the great heights of the best sites in Hemel-en-Aarde. The Polkadraai Hills see the brisk False Bay air cool down the sunshine rich Stellenbosch.  This vintage also saw a little bit of fruit from a single site in Elgin make it into the final blend.  This was due to another vintage of low yields in Polkadraai. The wine is made in a lightly oaked style with a mineral feel from the granite soils.

The fruit was handpicked into small picking bins. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed primarily to used 500L French barrique (70%) and the remainder to stainless steel. The wine saw weekly battonage for two months and then left on lees for ten months prior to being racked to tank and bottled without fining or filtration and just a small sulfur addition.


  • Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
  • Vineyard: 90% Boschkloof Estate - 10% from a single site in Elgin
  • Vine Age: Average: 28-years-old
  • Soil Type: Primarily decomposed granite over ironstone
  • Viticulture: Sustainable / Practicing Organic
  • Fermentation: Native & inoculated with house-cultured yeasts – (100% whole-bunch pressed - 70% native in neutral 500L French barrique - 30% inoculated in stainless steel)
  • Skin Contact: None
  • Aging: 10 months in 70% neutral 500L French barrique and 30% stainless steel
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • pH: 1.4
  • Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • Total SO2: 95 ppm
  • Total Production: 875 cases
  • UPC: 6008409000021

Tasting Note

Light yellow. Leesy aromas are evident on the palate, with citrus, honey, and a slight nuttiness bringing up the rear. The palate is very taut and mineral, thanks to energetic granite soils of the Polkadraai Hills. As the wine washes away, there is a lingering spice, akin to ginger and nutmeg. Very energetic and bright, though not austere.

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