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Hazendal Chardonnay 2018

Hazendal Chardonnay 2018

Colour : Lemon
Aroma : The nose is complex, yet subtle and refined. Nuances of green apple, Cape gooseberry and apricot are supported by subtle hints of fennel, almond and honey.
Palate : A medium-bodied wine with a refreshing acidity. The fine and creamy texture ensures an enduring and clean finish, while the apricot and almond follow through on the palate.

Crispy roasted chicken on wild mushroom risotto.

variety : Chardonnay [ 100% Chardonnay ]
winery : Hazendal
winemaker : Clarise Sciocatti-Langeveldt
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.28 % vol  rs : 2.8 g/l  pH : 3.49  ta : 5.4 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

90 Points awarded in the 2018 Winemag Chardonnay Report

ageing : Enjoyable now, but has potential for ageing 5+ years.

The Hazendal Range of wines is synonymous with quality, consistency and elegance. Minimalist intervention is applied in the cellar to allow the Bottelary terroir to shine in every bottle.

in the vineyard : The Bottelary Hills are extremely diverse in terms of terroir. A wide variety of different slope aspects, elevation above sea level, soils, and the influence of both the False Bay to the south, and the cold Atlantic in the west, make for a very intricate array of micro-climates. The Bottelary area forms part of granitic hills and the reddish - and yellowish - brown soils are highly suited to the production of quality wine grapes. The soils are acidic, have great water retention capabilities and are well drained. Soil types include Oakleaf, Tukulu, Hutton and Clovelly.

Vineyards in the Bottelary Hills are planted at varying heights from 150m to up to 400m above sea level. All of these factors contribute to crafting unique, distinctive wines with a sense of place.

about the harvest: The grapes were hand harvested in small crates in the early hours of the morning to keep the grapes cool and preserve flavours.

in the cellar : Grapes are cooled further overnight in our on-site cold room (3°C) and processed the following day. Bunch sorting is practiced to make sure only the
best grapes are used. We make use of a Delta Oscillys De-stemmer with a very soft action. The grapes are rolled off the stems, preventing the extraction of harsh unwanted phenolics. Grapes go directly into our Bucher Inertys press (inert nitrogen press) where cold maceration on the skins takes place overnight.

The press is started the next morning and the juice is pressed off to a stainless-steel tank. Settling takes place over 2 days
and the clear juice is racked off to barrel for inoculation. The wines were racked and returned once during the ageing period. Each block is kept separate during the vinification and ageing process and final blending takes place just before bottling. 30% of the wine underwent Malo-Lactic Fermentation. 100% of the wine was aged in 500L French Oak Barrels (50% New Oak, the remainder 2nd fill).

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