2022 La Motte Chardonnay
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Grapes for this wine originate from La Motte, Franschhoek. The vineyard lies 200 metres above sea-level, against a southern and south western slope.
The growing season for the 2022 harvest was uneventful with ample cold units in winter and sufficient irrigation water. Cold and wet conditions during budding didn't have a negative effect although higher rainfall did result in increased disease pressure, especially from powdery mildew. A relatively cool summer supported flavour development, but heatwave conditions late January caused slightly lower acidity and slightly higher pH levels in 2021. It also caused some sunburn.
Vineyard blocks: 6 (4,9 ha) Soil type: Clovelly Direction planted: north-south Density: 4 630 vines per hectare (2,7 m x 0,8 m) Root stock: Richter 99 Clone: CY 3 Year planted: 1997 Trellising: Perold Irrigation: Drip
Initially, fermentation was in tanks, while further fermentation and maturation were in 300-litre barrels. Malolactic fermentation was also in barrels. One third of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks, without malolactic fermentation. Twenty percent of the French oak barrels in which the wine was matured, were new. After the 12-month maturation period, all the components were blended. The wine was bottled in the La Motte cellar in June 2022. Production: 6 250 cartons (6X750ml).
Greeny straw colour. Fruity lemon and nectarine on the nose, with hints of cashew nut and lees as the only evidence of wood maturation. A juicy and polished entry, medium-full, with lots of citrus and juicy peach on the palate. Lively length with good freshness for a wood-matured wine.
Alcohol: 12.5% vol
Residual sugar: 1,6 g/l
Total acid: 5,9 g/l