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Lourensford Dome Chardonnay 2020 consists of 97% Chardonnay and 3% Viognier. Grapes were harvested from vines that were between 14 and 18 years old. 61.5% of the wine was fermented in barrels of which 20.5% was new Burgundian barrels and 41% in 2nd and 3rd-fill barrels. The wine spent 8 months on its primary lees with intermittent barrel rolling to stir up the lees and release the manno-proteins in the yeast cells that add flavour and structure to the final wine. 10% of the wine was fermented with wild yeast from the vineyard and without the addition of any commercial yeast in barrels. 38.5% of the wine was fermented in stainless steel barrels and matured for 8 months on the fine lees in tanks before being blended back with the wood components and spent another month together in tank to integrate before bottling. The wine, in total, spent 9 months in tank and barrel before bottling. Bottled at 14%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: Ripe pineapple, melon and orange blossom flavours dominate on the nose, supported by hints of lemon cream, grapefruit and dried apricots.
Palate: Flavours of white peach, cashew nuts and caramel linger on the palate.
Finish: The roundness on the palate and a beautifully integrated texture supported by a creamy finish coats your mouth and make you want to spend more time in the presence of this big wine.