mensa chardonnay pinot noir 2018

Wine Description

Sheer magic. Wafting aromas of citrus conjure up a velvety palate bursting with ripe berry fruit.

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The vineyards are planted in deep red soils, ensuring excellent water retention and contributing structure and fullness to the wine.

Appellation: Western Cape | Varieties: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir | Harvest Date: Feb | Vintage: 2018 | Alc: 13% | RS: 7g/l | pH: 3.57 | TA: 5.11g/l

All the grapes were harvested in the early morning and pressed immediately. Following natural settling, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at around 14 to 15°C for two weeks. The wine was then racked from the gross lees and remained on the fine lees until just before bottling.

The 2018 harvest was challenging being one of the driest seasons in recent times. The night temperatures were low overall with exceptionally cold weather conditions. The vineyards generally showed good and balanced growth without being excessive or too vigorous. In most cases the water supply was sufficient while the ripening period was cooler and drier than usual. The grapes reached good acidity and lower pH levels and generally didn’t struggle to accumulate sufficient sugar levels. The season was characterised by healthy, full-flavoured grapes.

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