Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2019

Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2019

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This single vineyard Chardonnay is planted on the higher gravelly slopes of the Helderberg Mountain at 410 metres above sea level. The site has a maritime influence that allows for the harvesting of fruit with incredible intensity of flavour and zesty freshness. Grapes were hand-harvested on the cool mornings of the 4th and 6th of February 2019 with an average yield of 6 tons/ha. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and the juice was allowed to settle overnight. The aerated must was then racked to barrel for primary fermentation, which lasted more than 40 days, followed by malolactic fermentation which occurred naturally. After spending 12 months on the lees, the wine was racked, blended and underwent a further 8 months’ maturation before the only sulphur addition and then bottling. This wine was aged for 12 months in 225-litre tight grain French oak barrels, of which 30% was new, followed by a further 8 months’ maturation after blending. Bottled 27 October 2020 at 14%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: This Chardonnay has captured the Stellenbosch sun, and yet reflects its maritime climate with aromas of yellow grapefruit, wet-stone and a hint of Mebos [salt-cured dried apricot].

Palate: Delivers key lime sorbet and just-ripe nectarine, followed by layers of stone-fruit and lemon curd. The touch of salinity and a subtle oak, lend to a soft textured mouthfeel, which is well balanced by a zesty acidity.

Finish: A beautifully poised and defined finish, with balanced acidity and lingering notes of baking spices and almonds.

Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2019