2017 "Styx Gully" Chardonnay - SOLD OUT

West Cape Howe WinesVintage Description:

Only our very best parcels of Chardonnay are chosen for our Styx Gully. For the 2017 vintage all the fruit was from our Langton vineyard; blocks 25 & 24. 

Winemaking Information:It was a cool season and vintage was much later than average with the Chardonnay not harvested until late March. It was fermented in French oak; a combination of ~40% new, 30% once used and 30% older with the barrels stirred regularly for maximum lees contact over its eight month maturation period. In a departure from previous years, a portion of this wine did go through malo but with a very neutral strain; it softened the higher than usual acidity without the development of overly strong ‘butterscotchy’ characters.
Fruit Source:Mount Barker
Colour:A bright, light gold straw colour.
Aroma:Quite pungent with rich aromas of cashew nut and the typically varietal stone fruit characters of nectarine and yellow peach, complemented by subtle oak.
Palate:This is a cool climate Chardonnay with great freshness and texture. Our Styx has great mouthfeel and good weight on the palate with those delicious stone fruit flavours. Entirely barrel fermented, this has contributed to its rich texture and palate weight while the moderate amount of malolactic has ensured the wine retains its freshness and good acidity.
Cellar Potential:Beautiful drinking now and over the next 6 years or so.
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