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South Africa, Stellenbosch

Stellenrust

Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2017

Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2017 93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018


Awards, Reviews and other Notes

93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2018
Oxidatively handled, this comes from a parcel of Chardonnay on granite soils. Made without malolactic fermentation, it’s rich and toasty, showing crème brûlée flavours supported by acidity. 2018-22
4 ½ Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Oatmeal & pickled lime enhanced by subtle but important 32% new oak, natural ferment deliver delicious 17 (93 pts). Lively mouthwatering fruity acids balanced by underlying creaminess, lead to upbeat, sweet-fruited tail. Lovely now, good future.



Winemaker Notes

The nose shows ripe citrus fruit with some toasted almond. The palate more concentrated with stronger nut flavours, some peach notes, but also a lingering mineral finish to it. Well judged oak preserves a butterscotch palate and promote a zesty acidity.
Grapes for this wine are harvested from our highest altitude vineyards in the Bottelary Hills. Interestingly enough, it is also the only block of lime stone on any of our properties and our Grandfather decided many years ago to plant Chardonnay to this small patch of land.
The Chardonnay spends a total of 12 months in French barrels (30% new) on its gross lees giving the yeast cells chance to undergo autolysis to release more flavour and richness into the wine.



Chemical Analysis

Price

SKU

Varietal

13.5% alcohol by volume

$21.99

14591

Chardonnay


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