The Fynbos Vineyard has well drained soils that are rich in clay with north facing slopes that result in a rich, gorgeous, fleshy, generous wine. Nuanced and multi-layered – this vineyard produces wines with more depth and weight.
Our 2021 Single Vineyard Fynbos Chardonnay is perfumed and mineral with notes of soft white pear, stone fruit and bright citrus. This is a sumptuous wine whose fruit profile has both depth and breadth, and great structure that allows for significant ageing potential.
Grapes were hand-picked and spent overnight in a cold room before being whole bunch pressed. No settling enzymes were used, resulting in juice containing more solids. This wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of 228L and 300L French oak barrels (20% new, the rest in 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill barrels). The wine remained on the lees for a total of 12 months with 10% malolactic fermentation and no battonage. Thereafter, the wines were racked and blended. The wine was fined and stabilised naturally for a period of 3 months before bottling.
The 2020 season started with a cold June month, with average rainfall. This was followed by a cold and wet winter. Sunny weather during spring and good winter dormancy lead to very even bud break. This was followed by sunny and dry conditions, but strong winds during flowering led to long and uneven flowering. The consequences of uneven flowering were reduced crop levels and reduced berry size. December and January were characterised by cool growing conditions, with January being especially cool. The dry, cool conditions in the beginning of the season, resulted in concentrated fruit, with intense flavour, while late rains, nourished the vineyards and this allowed us to pick fruit at optimal ripeness, with low alcohol levels and pH’s and balanced acidities.