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Vinification

All winemaking tactics were directed at retaining the inherent vineyard
and varietal traits. Grapes were whole-bunch pressed to retrieve only
the purest of the juice. Cold settling was done for 48 hours, after which
only the clear juice was racked. Natural fermentation was encouraged
and after about 2°B the fermenting must was transferred into selected
French oak barrels.

Half of the fermentation was done naturally and then a strong strain of
selected yeast was added to ensure a complete fermentation. Partial
malolactic fermentation was allowed. Still on its primary lees, the wine
was matured for a further 11 months. During this time, lees stirring took
place monthly to enhance the mouthfeel of the wine. Only the best
barrels were selected for the final blend, which consists of 20% first-fill
barrels and 34% second-fill barrels, and the rest a combination of thirdto
fifth-fill barrels.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant pale gold with a glimmer of green.

On the nose: Expressive grapefruit and Golden Delicious apple aromas
detailed with graceful lime blossom, frangipani and white truffle aromas
further embellished by discreet vanilla oak spice.

Palate: A generous palate that is powerful yet intricate. Pronounced
citrus fruit purity is layered with hints of oak and signature minerality.
Finishes with remarkable intensity and length.

Vineyards

The grapes for this Chardonnay came from unirrigated vineyards on
mountain slopes of well-drained, rocky Bokkeveld shale soils distinguished
by a layer of clay just a stone’s throw away from the Atlantic Ocean. Cooler
than average days and nights meant slow ripening of these low-yielding
blocks, producing all the hallmark characteristics of Elgin’s cool-climate
terroir. Grapes were harvested by hand between 22–23°B, enabling quality
control and bunch selection from the vineyard stage.

Ageing Potential

Enjoy now, or allow this wine to allure you with its
elegance for a further eight to 10 years.

Vintage

2014

Varieties

100% Chardonnay

Origin

Elgin

Alcohol14% vol
pH3.5
Residual Sugar3.5 g/ℓ
Total Acid6.3 g/ℓ
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Explore The Boschendal Estate

The Farm

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.

Weddings & Functions

Boschendal provides an idyllic natural setting for large and small functions. The Boschendal Manor House, Rhone Homestead, The Olive Press, the Werf Restaurant and the beautiful gardens are available to host an array of celebrations or events in a relaxed and tranquil environment.

Eat & Drink

The Cape Dutch farms were historically renowned for their warm welcome and generous hospitality. What crowned this welcome was the Cape table, laden with wholesome dishes made from ingredients from the farm’s werf and fields.