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South Africa, Hemel-En Aarde Valley

Ashbourne

Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2017

Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2017 an unwooded blend of 80% Sauvignon & 20% Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

August 2018
This vintage has more depth to the fruit than the previous vintages we have tried. Clean, elegant and finely tuned this has lovely apple/pear and a touch of broader stone fruit richness across the mid palate, while an under current of acidity drives this to a mineral etched finish. This is drinking well as we speak and should show well over the next couple of years.

Food Accompaniments

Seafood shell fish, chicken in a light white cream sauce, pasta prima vera


Winemaker Notes

Fresh, vibrant, perfumed Sauvignon blanc, filled-out and enriched with a carefully judged unwooded Chardonnay component, make this a beautifully balanced and highly versatile wine. More than two decades of family experience have gone into this unique blend.
2017 was back to our usual timing after a particularly early 2015 and 2016. As for 2015 and 2016 however, the duration of harvest was short, with all grapes coming in prior to the end of February – having begun the harvest in the first week of February. Based on average maximum temperatures for the crucial months of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, 2017 was a warm harvest – 0.53 centigrade above our long-term average of 25 centigrade. December was warmer, January cooler and February warmer than average. Rainfall for these crucial months was only 10mm below our long-term average, so conditions could not be described a particularly dry. The rain which fell was in more regular very small amounts however, raising humidity and creating botrytis pressure. Our organic use of “good” Trichoderma funguses to attack botrytis was fortunately highly effective and we experienced no detrimental effect on what turned out to be exceptional grape quality. Altogether 2017 was an excellent vintage for us, with pure, fine, particularly classic, elegant wines with marked minerality.




Chemical Analysis

6 Bottle price

Price

SKU

Varietal

13% alcohol by volume

$14.39

$15.99

14551

Dry White


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