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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2010
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Randolph Christians
Main Variety : Chardonnay
Alcohol : 14.36 %vol
pH : 3.4
RS : 2.7 g/l
Total Acid : 5.6 g/l
Appellation : Stellenbosch
Characteristics
Type : White
Style : Dry
Body : Full


Accolades
Wine Spectator April 2012 - 90 points
Robert Parker Rating Aug. 2011 - 88 Points
Tasting Notes
Juicy pear, yellow apple and melon rind flavors pump along nicely, with light toasted brioche and butter notes hanging in the background as the finish stays racy.
Ageing Potential
Drink now through 2013
Blend Information
100% Chardonnay
In The Vineyard
Situation: Simonsberg Mountain, Stellenbosch
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch
Altitude: 300 - 450 m
Distance From Sea: 8 - 26 km
Soil Type: Decomposed Granite (Tukulu / Hutton)
Root Stock: Richter 99 and 101/14
Age of Vines: 9-25 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot-positioned
Pruning: 2-Bud Spur-pruning
Irrigation: Drip irrigation

Vintage Conditions
A cold, wet winter in 2009 allowed for the lovely, even budding of the vineyards during spring, and the warm, sunny days that followed in summer resulted in great flavour and colour development in the berries. Full fruit flavours and soft tannins, together with good aromatics and ideal acidity, made 2010 an excellent vintage. Another great year for Chardonnay!
About The Harvest
The grapes for Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay were selectively hand-harvested between 2February and 4 March 2010, at 22.6 - 24.7 ┬░Balling and total acids of 6.24 - 7.45 g/l.
In The Cellar
The grapes were whole-bunch pressed very slow and gently with a Pneumatic Bag Press. After 24 hours cold settling in stainless steel tanks, the juice was drained off into40% new and 60% 2nd-fill Burgandian Hogsheads (300L barrels) for natural fermentation and maturation. Bi-weekly stirring (Batonnage) was exercised to enhance the extraction of flavour and aromatics, and to aid the process of natural malolactic fermentation. After 12 months, the wine was racked from barrel for stabilization and bottling.

1 094 cases imported.
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